I have been a woodworker most of my adult life, so I am comfortable working with the medium in all it's forms.
While employed as a fine woodworker/cabinet maker in 1986, I discovered the joy and creativity of working with wood in it's natural form: twigs, branches, saplings, logs, roots and bark. Soon, I honed my skills enough to demonstrate "Rustic Furniture-Making" at the Common Ground Fair from 1988-1991 and again from 2001-2004.
In the fall of 1998, I took a research trip to the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where I studied the traditional style of rustic work that originated there. While in Blue Mountain Lake, NY., I attended The Rustic Furniture Makers Show at the Adirondack Museum. Two years later, I became a member of "Woodlanders"(Link), a group of rustic furniture makers ("twiggers") from the Northeastern US and Canada, who meet and network to keep this folk art alive and thriving.
In the summer of 2001, I started teaching rustic trellis-making classes and demonstrations at nurseries, garden centers and art centers in the mid-coast and western Maine mountain areas.
I have a good eye for design and function, often working with the natural curves and textures of the branches to evoke a feeling of spiritual connectedness through nature, that will enhance your home or garden. I feel blessed to be able to blend my woodworking knowledge and creative expressions with my love of the rustic genre.