"My efforts are rooted in trees.
Wiggly, indigenious hardwood burls, 'dog-legs”
gnarled branches & center rot trees
all unused by the lumber industry
I reveal wood's inherent nature, employ its vital structures,
and give it new life as a functional piece of furniture."
Turned and carved vessels
"I use the materials, tools and techniques of woodworking to render images from daily life: textile, plant, animal and human forms. This vocabulary emphasizes the tactile possibilities of wood: from smoothly pleated forms and carved basketweave motifs to corduroy-textured surfaces.
Through these efforts, I honor the spirit of my artisan ancestry and the quiet heroism of daily life while contributing to the changing forms of human culture.
Violence has been a central impetus in my work for many years: the violence I do to the wood, the physical wear-and-tear to my joints and muscles, the wresting of the viewer’s attention, and the brutal relentlessness of our commercial age. But when these forces are momentarily focused....and skill serves intention....a small, temporary truce may be won—at a cost."
Tactile possibilities of wood
Applewoods Studio & Gallery is open during the winter when the OPEN sign is up. Regular hours resume in the Spring through Autumn. We are always available if you make prior arrangements to see us while you are in the area.