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Burls & Natural Edge

As an environmentalist, more and more I use wood salvaged locally. I especially love taking a piece of spalted burl wood with rotten hollows and turning perceived defects into assets, blending form with abstraction, culling a symbiosis of art and nature. As the decay is carved away, interesting shapes emerge that define the nature of the sculpture in a way I could never plan in advance. Through interaction with the wood, an idea takes shape and a form emerges through a process I’ve come to call “listening to the forest.” To me, the beauty of a finished sculpture is as much a product of the wood’s natural color and grain as the subject itself. Therefore, I strive for simplicity of form and use only a clear finish or no finish at all in order to let the wood speak for itself.