Growing up in the tropics, I was surrounded by wooden furniture and many wooden household items. I love the incredible color, pattern and feel of fine timbers.
It is only natural that I become a wood collector with a growing stash of samples from around the world. I tumbled into woodturning much later, however, quite by accident. In a moment of nostalgia, I suddenly yearned for a pair of ebony chopsticks, like the one I used when I was a kid. Found none, so I searched for the wood, purchased a lathe and made myself a few. Then things snowballed. Hard and fast.
I am now a full time wood artist, taking pleasure in showcasing the timbers I have accumulated. I found my niche in threaded vessels. A screw-on cap transforms an ordinary container into an intriguing novelty. I incorporated nature’s superb shape, pattern and color palette into my whimsical design, juxtaposed with a decidedly human "twist." My colorful small turnings invite personal interaction. Instead of just a polished item on display, I encourage viewers to pick up the piece, enjoy the visual complexity, feel the silky texture, smell the aroma... Then twist open the cap to discover how the decorative piece morphs into a functional vessel.
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