Throughout my life and careers (first as a luthier and then as a high school wood work teacher) I have worked with a variety of exotic materials: gold, silver, bronze, legal trade antique ivory, baleen, bone and abalone. However, it was at the age of 13 that I discovered my true love was working with wood. I spent the next 43 years of my life acquiring the skills and knowledge I needed to create the things that once only existed in my dreams. My true inspiration and most rewarding challenges now come from breaking the rules of traditional woodworking to create wooden bracelets that seem magical. The distinct process I’ve developed to produce each piece individually combined with the intrinsic nature and beauty of wood makes every bracelet I create completely one of a kind. When recently asked which of my bracelets was her favourite, my wife pointed out that my best piece is always “the next one.”
Once cut from the roots wood is essentially dead. My greatest achievement as an artist has been finding a way to bring that dead wood back to life. To work with it: to cut it, combine it, shape it, and finish it in ways that make light dance over the surface has been intensely gratifying. It started as a simple request from a student 15 years ago: “How do I make a wooden bracelet?” And has evolved into continual experimentation and development of a uniquely personalized process. The only constant in all of my pieces is my drive to push my skills, my tools and my designs ever closer to their absolute limit.