Quite where I now fit in my own adventure towards artistry must be for others to determine. Suffice to say I regard it all as a continuum. It has already been quite a journey.
Growing up in a tiny rural village in south east England you quickly learned to use your head and hands...if you could not make it or fix it you typically went without. Watching my father make a delightful musical jewellery box for my mother, mostly from scraps, left an indelible mark about just how powerful the heart can be in the craftsmanship process. This fascination with tools, wood, craftsmanship and artistry has only grown deeper with time and travel.
Fast forward a few years. My workshop and home is now the small rural town of Whitingham, VT. My focus here is on handcrafted work using traditional tools and techniques. I strive to create unique carved pieces, commemorative presentation boxes, small accessory pieces and many things in between. Finding that special piece of wood and thoughtfully crafting it into its fitted purpose is part of the artistry I seek.
Over the years I have benefited immensely by taking short workshops taught by such master craftspeople as Janet Collins, Will Neptune, Chris Pye (England), Karen Wales, Dan Faia, Silas Kopf and Gene Shaw.
Since 2005 and ongoing, I have been taught and mentored by my great friend and Master Carver - Dimitrios Klitsas of Hampden, MA. Among other projects, I had the great privilege of watching him design and execute the carving for an historic Steinway Piano - The Doheny Steinway. I captured that story in words and pictures and arranged for it to be published in the English "WOODCARVING" MAGAZINE. read the article here... it's quite a story.
"The Song of the Chisel - The History of a Nation is written in Stone and Wood, the poetry of the Chisel singing through the ages"....
...so wrote William Aumonier (1839 - 1914)
As my own journey of craftsmanship and artistry is written I continue to focus on carving. Working with highly tuned chisel and gouge so close to the material teaches a profound sensitivity, understanding and respect for wood in all its natural glory. It also simply makes me a better woodworker.
All calls, emails, comments and inquires are welcomed. And, with advance notice, visits to the workshop are always welcome too.