My art is an exploration in wood where I utilize various domestic and exotic hardwoods to serve as my canvas. I’ll often harvest or hand-select specific species of wood for a project. I find wood that is highly figured or has an interesting grain pattern the most fascinating. To obtain a striking visual effect, I will incorporate one or more secondary wood species or introduce a stone, metal, paper, or fabric component for a contrasting yet complimentary union of materials. Almost as important as the selection of wood species and design, I pay special attention to the finishing process. Each piece will have multiple coats of either an oil-varnish or Tung oil mixture to accentuate the naturally occurring pattern within the wood. The end result is a functional piece of art that can be used for placement, containment, or concealment.