Devotion is a piece that was commissioned by some clients who had recently learned about sinker cypress. Back in the day cypress trees were felled and the logs were tied into rafts and floated to the sawmills.
This design was inspired by the engine cowling on a Boeing Dreamliner I saw on the tarmac as I landed in San Francisco after having taught in New Zealand for 9 weeks. The cowling had these beautiful, graceful arches, called ‘chevrons,’ and they are for noise suppression.
This wall mirror was built as a companion piece to a bench I created for a client to fit into a small area in her entryway. Since the walnut had been harvested off of her property I knew that the wood had special meaning to her.
This piece came about at the request of a client who asked me to make a box to house the ashes of a beloved pet. As I was designing I wanted the piece to reflect the love, comfort and companionship our pets provide and the ways they enrich our lives. From the top the box is a stylized representation of a pet with its tail wrapped around its body.
The design of this shelving unit was inspired by the geometric paintings of Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist known for his abstract color-block paintings. Using Mondrian as a guide I designed a piece that would have various sized cubbies (real and implied) that would hold a diverse range of glassware. This is one of two projects requested by a client who had a walnut tree taken down off of her property.
This piece came to life during dinner and drinks as friends were talking about a special way to present the notes and well-wishes from wedding guests to a soon-to-be bride and groom. We talked and shared ideas and soon l’anthologie de l’amour was born.
This piece came about at the request of a client who asked me to make him a box with the instructions to ‘go be creative.’ He rarely uses the boxes I make, instead preferring them to be adornments in his home.
This bench was created at the request of a client who wanted a bench to fit into a small area in her entryway. Since the walnut had been harvested off of her property I knew that the wood had special meaning to her.
The Triad box was created at the request of a client who wanted a box made with lumber that was salvaged from a building in North Kansas City.
This box was created at the request of a client who wanted an octagonal box made from two different types of wood that he had given me — blistered big leaf maple and a redwood burl.