I am inspired by the interplay of rough and polished stone surfaces conjunct with raw and finished wood. Often I also find that offcuts of various projects hold more interest for me than the original piece. I will be further polishing the woodworking skills I am now learning and combining them with the skills I bring from the stone trades. My intentions are to sculpturally marry wood and stone. I have two such sculptural projects started. In woodworking I have a walnut mantle in the layout stage and a Shaker style headboard in the imagining stage.
I am an "older " student. I retired from being self employed as a tile and stone installer in 2000 and for the last several years have been learning how to operate the power tools in my workshop. I have built a few small projects the latest of which is a Japanese inspired garden gate. I have been conscious of the fact that I knew nothing about using hand woodworking tools. The few times I tried have not been successful. The noise and dust of power equipment has now become less attractive to me. The samples I have seen of the products of local hand woodworkers encouraged me to pursue the 2014 Foundation course.
While I am not actively seeking employment, I would enjoy receiving a few commissions to build garden gates.
Port Townsend, WA