I used my first wood saw at the age of 3. I wanted to be a carpenter, so I could build a doghouse. I studied Architecture Engineering and Industrial Design at the University of Washington. I became a registered Architect and practiced in Seattle for 30 years. I retired to Portland Oregon, and began my true calling, working wood with my hands! My professional skills have helped me to visualize interior spaces and sculptural form, with attention to detail, and appreciation for strength of materials. I start with a functional analysis of the design problem, reduce it to the essence, then expand the solution in a new direction. I use Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir, mainly re-purposed old-growth lumber milled in the 1920's. The natural irregularities of the wood are celebrated. The original finishes are stabilized and enhanced. Fasteners are left exposed, usually stainless steel machine screws with custom adaptors. Metals of choice include copper tubing, salvaged marine bronze castings, or even aluminum. Mechanisms are my special joy, made with hand tools and a small drill press. I like to think of my work as extravagant pragmatism.