Oceania

Oceania

Oceania: The creative process for this turned and sculpted piece was, not surprisingly, multi-stepped. I began by turning the rough exterior contour on a lathe and then drilling a 1 ¼” diameter hole into the top center.

Oceania | 5″ h, 8″ diameter | Bark-edge Maple Burl | Inquire.

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Chocolate Twist II

Chocolate Twist II

Chocolate Twist II : The sense of drama in Chocolate Twist II comes from the contrast between the light colored sapwood and the older, darker interior of the tree.

Chocolate Twist II | 8″ h, 13″ diameter | Spalted Black Walnut | Inquire.

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Chocolate Twist

Chocolate Twist

Chocolate Twist : The execution of Chocolate Twist and Chocolate Twist II proved an immense challenge. How to get inside and around and then sand it? Well, I don’t advise trying this at home.

Chocolate Twist | 9″ h, 12″ diameter | Spalted Black Walnut | Inquire.

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Amphora

Amphora

Amphora : With Amphora the form of the raw material, with all its distress, reminded me of an ancient Greco-Roman vessel and inspired the name.

Amphora | 11″ h, 8″ diameter | Distressed Wild Cherry Burl | Inquire.

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Cherry Twist

Cherry Twist

Cherry Twist : Is the beginning point of my exploration into fractal geometry. Like so many artists before me, I am intrigued and inspired by science. Today we are blessed with a rich array of possibilities ranging from mathematics and physics to cosmology.

Cherry Twist | 1′-1″ h, 5″ diameter | Wild Cherry | Inquire.

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Pompeii and Raven’s Peace

Pompeii and Raven's Peace

Pompeii : The shape of the “blank” and the character of the wood significantly dictated its final form. I burned nothing. The piece accomplished that dark-edged affect all on its own.

Pompeii | 1′-1″ h, 6″ diameter | Distressed White Oak Burl | Inquire.

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Pagoda

Pagoda
Click images to view larger versions Turned and sculpted Cherry Burl Amphora Turned, then sculpted in cherry burl, I found the raw piece on a waste pile of a logging project near Boone, NC. The same pile revealed another cherry burl for my future works that ILearn more

Nature’s Ceremony

Nature's Ceremony
Click images to view larger versions Scarce and loved Walnut burls are scarce. Walnuts are not as prone to this type of growth as are maples, willows, sycamore and oaks. This piece is from the stump of a large tree blown down in a hurricane that passedLearn more

The Tortoise

The Tortoise
Click images to view larger versions Mole to tortoise? This piece of red oak burl was found on a judge’s property in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Burl wood is the tree’s version of the human mole. They cause no harm to the tree and can also beLearn more