I create two basic types of
boxes; those that are intended to be practical,
such as keepsake boxes, men's storage boxes, CD
storage boxes and my "medication minder" series,
and boxes with a greater emphasis on artistic
design, and less on practicality.
With these later - in category "Artistic Boxes",
for lack of better words, - while they can still serve useful purposes, the intent is primarily to function as art. My art boxes
are almost exclusively one-of-a-kind items that
are not reproduced in a series.
in other categories, while serving for
more practical purposes, my motivation is always
to make them pleasing and decorative objects.
of the things that sets my work apart from nearly all
others is my use of a high gloss exterior finish to
create a gleaming object d'art. The reason why other
craftsmen apply only dull finishes is that a gloss finish
is difficult and very time-consuming. The finish consists
of 4-8 coats of urethane varnish, applied by hand, that
is very durable and completely water resistant.
all woods change color over time (particularly when
exposed to sunlight) and darken to some degree, I choose
primarily woods that are resistant to color change.
the viewer can see, I spend much of my time conjuring
up new designs that begin with some of the world's finest
figured hardwoods, often mated with metals such as brass
and aluminum. My objective is usually to highlight the
special qualities of the wood in a pleasing and harmonious
design, but occasionally I succumb to whimsy and turn
out something that is, well, simply amusing.
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