I started woodworking about 15 years ago when I took an evening cabinet making class on a whim. Over the years my work has evolved from carpentry and architectural based work to fine furniture, tabletop, and accessory pieces.
I love nature for the materials it provides my work. But I find form and meaning in industrial components, farm implements and old factories. Other influences include mid-century design, Shaker principles, and modern architecture, but only some of it.
Much of the wood I use I harvest myself, especially walnut. Itís economical and kind to the environment while also enabling me to control how the wood is milled and dried. Local woods are also favorites such as ash, and white and yellow birch which I get from a mill near Duluth.
I apply principles of simplicity and utility to my designs. It has to have a purpose to exist, and if it exists it better look good. Restraint must be used in design and when choosing materials. I love mixing modern with rustic, balancing clean lines with something rough, jagged, or naturally distressed.