Japanese Crane, Figured Maple & other woods, 2002, 24" x 24"( left), Dogwood Screen, Mahogany with inlay of Walnut Burl & Avodire, 98" x 68", 2002, (right)
The Japanese Crane is an example of marquetry, cutting individual pieces to form a pictoral image. This is from a Japanese temple screen, translated to woods. The feathers of the back are sand shaded (a localized heating technique to darken specific areas) giving depth to the individual parts. This piece was made in two parts; the bird, and the limb, to give a 3-dimensional impression.
An overall full-sided cartoon of the Dogwood Screen was drawn before assembly began. The branches were inlaid first, with the blossoms inlaid over them. It was
described as "spectacular" by Mary Abbe in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It can be seen at Blue Sky Galleries in Minneapolis.
Bloodwood Perspective Table, Bloodwood, Maple, Sapele, & Walnut veneers, 24" x 24", 2003 (left), Three-Legged Chicken, 56" (wings extended) x 54" (tail laying flat) x 16" high, 2002, (right)
The top of the Bloodwood Perspective Table takes its central motif from Roman antiquity. As an archaeological photographer (summers) I have had the good fortune to be exposed
to some timeless imagery. This piece was seen in the special 2008 issue of Fine Woodworking, Furniture, 102 Contemporary Designs.
The Three Legged Chicken was an amusing project. The wings fold down, and the tail is hinged at the base as well as in two locations horizontally giving it three possible configurations. It is shown here fearlessly guarding its part of the downtown condominium where it lives. Seen in the special 2008 issue of Fine Woodworking, Furniture, 102 Contemporary Designs.