Joined Nov 11 2011
43 years old
I am orginally from Winfield, IL although my wife and I moved to Cayce this summer from Columbia, MO. We also lived in St. Petersburg, FL for seven years where I taught high school English. I am a stay-at-home dad to my two sons, Marshall (born 2/20/10) and Eero (born 10/12/11).
I spent the first part of my creative life playing jazz, classical, and rock guitar and singing in bands. Several years ago I took some woodworking classes in Columbia, MO and really enjoyed them. I love the fact that with wood, as opposed to music, I can create tangible objects that add value to people's lives. Instead of my work disappearing into the ether as a song's performance does, the objects I make stick around now. Their success or failure is permanently on display which is exiting, a different kind of challenge. While a musician can slide past a group of missed notes or look forward to his audience forgetting a flub, the woodworker doesn't have that luxury. The wood object demands perfection. Fortunately, the woodworker can use whatever time she or he has to arrive at it.
I am almost exclusively concerned with the ideas of modern design and their execution. I enjoy simple, honest shapes in wood and emphasizing the idea of subtraction while creating instead of addition. For me, form follows function. Any design ideas or woodcraft endemic to pre-Arts and Crafts movement are basically lost on me (excluding earlier Japanese traditions). I just can't bring myself to get exited about a Windsor chair, Federal style furniture, or Victorian mouldings. Instead, for me its Gerrit Reitveld's Red and Blue Chair, Brutalist furniture, and planes that meet without mouldings of any kind. I should say that I wished I liked older styles more as I recognize a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge in those objects, skill and knowledge that could be incorporated into modern designs. In any event, I only have the time now to make the kind of objects I love the most. My practice sessions at the turning wheel on a William and Mary style table leg will have to wait (or never come at all)!
I look forward to getting to know everyone better. Please don't hesitate to send me a message.