"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." - Neil Gaiman
In 1990, when I was in 7th grade, I discovered my love of the scroll saw in wood shop class and invented my first wall mounted jewelry display with the guidance of my teacher. It wasn't until decades later (post college and during a career in the financial industry) that I felt a pull toward finding more time for creativity in my life and I began woodworking again. I assembled a workshop to start creating and selling my designs and over the past 15+ years, I began to discover my creative voice and newfound passion for art and functional/industrial design.
The anchor of my work is the scroll saw which allows me to turn original sketches on paper into three dimensional, architectural wall art. While anything can be a source for inspiration, I'm mostly inspired by nature and people and I love to explore the interplay between positive and negative space in my designs. I use primarily birch, basswood, oak or reclaimed materials at this time and enjoy the process of creating unique finishes using custom blends of water-based dye stains, hand chiseled texture and hand painted accents.
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The first thing I ever made on a scroll saw in my 7th grade woodshop class was this elephant box stand. I keep this old project in my work shop to remind me of the spark that ignited my love of woodworking in 1990.
This photo shows the first jewelry display I made on a scroll saw in my 7th grade woodshop class. Although it was more function over form, my mom used it for almost 20 years!