It was a very busy winter here and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you. I have added a few new techniques to my skill set, allowing me to achieve greater detail and a more refined finish. Also my abilities with the camera are slowly improving.
I have really enjoyed using the skateboard material to add color to my work. All of the skateboard decks I use come to me from Pathfinders in Morgantown, WV. They all have been used, broken, and had to be replaced. I take these old decks, chop them up, plane them down, reassemble them back together in larger blocks, and incorporate them into work like the piece above.
You may also notice the black material that I have been using a lot of lately. That is ebony and it comes from Africa. It is a very popular and rather expensive ornamental wood. I got most of mine from the keys of a piano that was damaged beyond repair. I prepared them in a similar way to the skateboard deck and have been very pleased with the outcome.
This planetary theme comes from my obsession with astronomy. I love chilly nights huddled around a telescope.
These designs are loosely related to items found in various video games. My inner geek just explodes with satisfaction seeing these pulled from their native context and re-imagined in wood.
Finally, an homage to my favorite stimulant, caffeine. It is the worlds most widely used psychoactive drug. I am on coffee right now, but I can quit whenever I want (I think). This one is black walnut and yellowhart wood.
That is a taste of what I have been up to. I would love to know what you think, not just this post, but what I can do to make this website look like a grown up manages it 🙂
Have a GREAT day!