Exploring craftmanship has brought me joy throughout my life. I built a house from a dismantled barn, including the cabinets, vanities, and some of the doors.
Most recently, I have combined my woodworking skills with my love of nature. Inspired by wood that I recover mostly in Vermont forests and river banks, my sculptures strive to capture the beauty and powerful grace of birds, in a natural setting.
This is The New York State Bird... The Eastern Bluebird. His feathers are cut from White Birch, his claws are handcrafted from wire, his beak is hand carved pine, and the body is sculpted from air dry clay.
All of my bird sculptures are then painted with high quality acrylic paint, and finished with two coats of the highest quality water based varnish, to preserve their vivid colors.
This Great Blue Heron's tail is made from a palm leaf and his back is formed from an ocean battered coconut shell. My inspiration came from the palm leaf. I started by forming his body inside it. Chicken wire reinforces his neck, and also helped to achieve the shape.