Thanks for taking an interest in me and my work! Many of the pieces on the site are still available, and if they aren't, I'd be happy to design a new or similar piece according to your taste and pleasure. I'm extremely excited to be able to work with customers to create a unique piece for them. Something which will last a lifetime and enhance that lifetime. Please contact me with any questions, for price info or to give feedback!
About the Process:
An early goal in my work was to create a sustainable artistic practice. Wood appealed to me for many reasons, but largely because of it's availability and the independence it afforded me as a material. After becoming serious about woodworking, I began scavenging pieces from my parents woodpile and selecting pieces as I sawed up fallen trees on their property. This led to the creation of an Alaskan saw mill, which attached to the family chainsaw. Once the lumber is milled it is placed in a solar kiln I designed and built to lower the moisture content of the wood to a level appropriate for furniture and sculpture.
Now, most of my wood is sourced from local sawmills. I still mill and dry my own lumber for special projects and unusual opportunities.
I was extremely lucky to have such an excellent experience as a student at Alfred University's National Casting Center Foundry. After graduating I was extremely proud to be able to continue to use the foundry in the capacity of Foundry Technician.
Casting's typically begin with waxes sculpted free form or taken from molds made from natural objects I've obtained in my travels.
Once waxes are completed and vents and sprues are attached, they are packed in sand molds or dipped in a ceramic mold material in preparation for casting, as can be seen in the above 1600# sand mold. The wax is then melted out and the mold is ready for hot metal.
After the mold is filled, and the metal has cooled, the mold is cracked open and the sculpture removed. Finally, the sculpture can be chased and patinaed, then it is ready to go out into the world and frighten children.