While the theme of some of my art may be fanciful, these objects are not not intended for children. Also, no piece should be considered food safe unless specifically labeled otherwise.

About the images:

(Left to Right)

- "Take me to your leader" (2011)
- "Purpleheart rocket box (2011)
- "Hall of the Mountain King" (2001)
- "Colony #1" (2008)
- "Departure" (2006)

Last Modified:

22 August 2013

"Once and Future Earth" (series, 2001 - 2006)

Once and Future Earth (2001)

"Once and Future Earth" (2001)

Dimensions: 12" W x 9" H x 3" D
Materials: cherry, spalted maple burl, wenge.
Finish: Satin polyurethane gel varnish.

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The "Once and Future Earth" series arose from a single beautiful slab of spalted maple burl. The slab, about 5" wide by 7" long x 2" thick, yielded six 1/4" thick slices, with the grain pattern of each a slight variant of the previous and successive slices. At the time I sliced the burl, I had just finished reading a book on geology. In the book were pictures of how the continents were arranged on the surface of the earth in the distant past. Interestingly, a similar arangement was projected for the distant future. The first slice of the burl reminded me of these maps, thus the title "Once and Future Earth". The boxes in the series use the changing pattern in the burl slices as snapshots in a history of Earth, as seen by the planet itself. Like the geologic cycles of land creation, movement and destruction, the series can also be seen as a cycle.

Sandstorm (2003)

"Sandstorm" (2003)

Dimensions: 10" W x 8" H x 4" D
Materials: Maple, spalted maple burl, wenge, Spanish cedar, mahogany, paua shell.
Finish: Satin polyurethane gel varnish.

Creature From The Lesser Darkness (2004)

"Creature From the Lesser Darkness" (2004)

Dimensions: 10" W x 8" H x 4" D
Materials: Peruvian walnut, spalted maple burl.
Finish: Satin polyurethane gel varnish.

Yggdrasil (2004)

"Yggdrasil" (2004)

Dimensions: 10" W x 8" H x 4" D
Materials: Ash, spalted maple burl, Peruvian walnut, cherry.
Finish: Satin polyurethane gel varnish.

Departure (2006)

"Departure" (2006)

Dimensions: 16" W x 6" H x 12" D
Materials: Ebonized walnut, maple burl, cherry.
Finish: Satin lacquer.