My art is an exploration in wood where I utilize various domestic and exotic hardwoods to serve as my canvas. I either harvest, or hand-select specific species for a project choosing wood that is highly figured or has an interesting grain pattern. To obtain a striking visual effect I will incorporate one or more secondary species or introduce a non-wood component for a contrasting yet complimentary union of materials. Almost as important as my selection of wood type and design, special attention is paid to the finishing process. Each piece has multiple coats of an oil-varnish blend 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.