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Welcome to "Wood in the Wind"

I started creating kinetic art as a college student in Humboldt Co. Calif. in the early 70's. After I retired from my first career as a forest worker I got serious about my art and now show it at the Lithia Artisan Market in Ashland, Oregon. (www.lithiaartisansmarket.com) during the months of May through October.

My work is all about balance, not just balancing the wood but creating an aesthetic appeal that flows when you look at it. A sculpture that combines different mediums is always a challenge. As individuals the wood and stones are naturally beautiful but it's my intent to reveal the "hidden" beauty that polishing and sanding allow us to see and then arrange them in such a way that they look like they belong together. Color, shape, size, and texture are all considered.

I am a practicing…

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  • Male
  • Born on August 2
  • Joined December 1, 2009

Favorite materials

hand finished driftwood, Brazilian agate slabs, polished Oregon agates, jasper, sliced shells, quartz crystals, petrified wood, lead glass crystal balls, natural stone beads, polymer clay

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About

Welcome to "Wood in the Wind"

I started creating kinetic art as a college student in Humboldt Co. Calif. in the early 70's. After I retired from my first career as a forest worker I got serious about my art and now show it at the Lithia Artisan Market in Ashland, Oregon. (www.lithiaartisansmarket.com) during the months of May through October.

My work is all about balance, not just balancing the wood but creating an aesthetic appeal that flows when you look at it. A sculpture that combines different mediums is always a challenge. As individuals the wood and stones are naturally beautiful but it's my intent to reveal the "hidden" beauty that polishing and sanding allow us to see and then arrange them in such a way that they look like they belong together. Color, shape, size, and texture are all considered.

I am a practicing Reiki Master and imbue my work with that universal energy whenever I'm creating, whether it's constructing a new piece or just doing the pre-work of blending clay or sanding and finishing the wood.

Every aspect of my work is rewarding and fun. I search Oregon's forests, beaches, river beds, stream banks, and even creek bottoms for pieces of wood that have a special something that I can see has a potential to be a piece of art. Beach wood is usually fairly nicely finished from years of being washed back and forth in the surf, however river wood is usually in a much rougher state and requires more mechanical finishing before it can be used. I get a great deal of satisfaction from taking a rough piece of wood and revealing it's hidden beauty. All of the wood is shaped, sanded, and hand finished with an all natural organic oil. (except a couple of mobiles that were finished with urethane)

My most recent work utilizes more of the wood that I have sculpted from a raw state, accentuating the natural lines, holes, and other aspects of the wood that make it interesting and unique. I am also doing more abstract "all wood" kinetic sculptures.

I have recently developed a knot tying technique that produces virtually "invisible knots". This new procedure is considerably more time consuming but it produces a "clean" connection and eliminates most of the unsightly knots.

The gem stones I use are mostly Oregon agates, jasper, quartz crystals, and Brazilian agate slices. They are all polished and are either "capped" or "wrapped" with a custom blend of polymer clay that is baked onto the stones and then coated with a finishing glaze. Some of the clay work has been etched with images of fern fronds and decorative designs. The "clay work" has become more and more a part of the process that I personally find rewarding as another outlet for creativity. I'm constantly trying new techniques with the polymer clay to create something new and fresh that will enhance the overall appeal and help blend the different mediums.

I use a high quality mono filament "fishing line" to string all of my pieces. I have found this gives them the best movement in the slightest of air currents, it also gives them a "suspended" look that you can't get with other materials. The fishing line also gives you the ability to "play" with your mobile. By giving the top most piece a gentle push, you can "wind up" the mobile and sit back and watch as all of the pieces move through the air, this is most apparent in my larger pieces. They will unwind and rewind for several minutes depending on the size of the mobile and how much you wind them up. The larger the piece the more movement you'll get from it.

Feng Shuii uses gem stones and crystals to bring a positive flow of energy into a room. All of my sun-catchers have stones that are crystalline in nature and can be used for this purpose. As a practitioner of Reiki I clear and charge all of my stones with positive energy.

If you're in Oregon you can visit me at the Lithia Artisans Market in Ashland Or. on weekends from spring to fall. Convo me to see if I'll be at the market that weekend.

Perhaps you have need of something unique to fill a special place in your home or office? Contact me and we can discuss designing something to fill that space. Every piece of art starts with an idea, what's yours?

CREATE A CUSTOMIZED MOBILE FROM YOUR TREASURES. If you're a collector of driftwood, shells, and rocks and would like to do something with them instead of hiding them away in a box somewhere, contact me and let's talk about how we can turn those memories into something beautiful to hang in your home.

If you have any questions please Convo me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can and thank you for visiting "Wood in the Wind" !

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