I always wanted to be an artist. My father was a tool maker and I guess that’s where I developed my fascination with the creative process. There was beauty in the way a piece of material could be made into something useful. In my youth, I apprenticed as a black smith but never really enjoyed working with the iron like I did when working with wood.
After finishing school I traveled the world, courtesy of the US Air Force, my creative energies took a back seat to serving my country. Following my years in the service I was blessed with a full time job, a wife and children, and again I questioned my ability to pursue an artist’s vocation. It was my wife who encouraged and supported me while challenging my own artistic limits.
A few years ago I read an article on how to build your own lathe and I built my first lathe from those directions. It was made from plywood and particle board. I started turning little bats and rough tulip flowers on it. Those turnings progressed into acorn bird houses, bird feeders, plates and saucers.
My first segmented turning was on this home built wooden lathe, it was a pattern from Ray Allen. It was a simple hollow form that I donated to a Cancer fundraiser. Over time many of my early segmented works found their way to Cancer or S.I.D.S. benefits two causes that are close to my heart. Some of these works were several regulation size and weight footballs, a few boxes with a Harley Davidson Medallion as an accent and a few sewing thimbles.
In 2008 I attended a Marc Adams Symposium on segmented work and it was here that my interest sparked reawakening the drive to challenge my artistic limits. This symposium opened the door to a new world of wood working for me, which has brought me to my current body of work.
I am constantly experimenting with my turning and gluing methods, challenging myself to work in ever finer detail, and nothing challenges me more than when someone says, “It just can’t be done.” I usually reply “It just hasn't’ been done yet.” My reward comes when I watch someone study one of my pieces of work for the first time and the look of wonder comes across their face.