My late Nan Tommey always told me as a child growing up, “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing it well.”
These wise words have stuck with me since childhood, and I have interwoven them into every one of my projects.
When it comes to my wood art the depth of detail is imperative, from the careful selection of the raw material to the form and features it possesses. Designing and constructing something spectacular comes from precision. Detail comes in many forms- size, shape, color, grain, age, and the uniqueness of special attractions such as live edge, bark, ant burrowing holes, crevasses and so on.
My desire is for each piece to “sing” to its audience and to do that it must have a unique story to tell and its beauty to reveal itself. I often take hours roaming around timber yards looking for the piece that jumps out at me. If nothing sparks my inspiration, then I’m not interested. There is no greater feeling than when you finally come across the piece that you know has everything you need to produce incredible artistry.