For each piece I begin with the metalwork first. I cut each piece of the framework from a variety of steel shapes. Typically I incorporate wood elements as well as glass elements into the piece. Each of my designs are further developed as I begin to construct the work. By building in this freehand manner I am able to discover new directions for the work naturally. I use a clear protective coating to display the quality metalwork which is sanded by hand thus revealing the color of the steel below. Woodwork is completed to complement the steel frame and display the inherent organic character of the material.
Metalwork is fabricated with precision and sanded to perfection by hand. Heat patinas are left intentionally to add color and depth in juxtaposition to the cleanly sanded areas. The metalwork is then sprayed with an clear coating to protect and finish the metalwork.
Wood is chosen for it’s physical characteristics as well as it’s aesthetic qualities. For pieces that are designed to display woodwork as a main feature, the wood is chosen for it’s unique form and beauty. For pieces that utilize the woodwork as a structural element, the wood is chosen for it’s structural stability as well as aesthetic appeal.
Finishing the woodwork is completed by hand. I apply an environmentally conscious product that is durable, waterproof and protects the wood in a natural revealing matte sheen. Underneath this single robust layer of protection the wood is also geometrically shaped to complement the metalwork. This shaping process showcases several different themes: geometric themes or flowing angular surfaces which are intended to reveal the depth and dimensions of the wood grain to the observer, or the hand scrubbed under layer of the bark which shows the organic character of the tree.