Minimalism at its finest. Outside, a nest, inside a perfect empty bowl to fill poems with. No road, no power, nothing; just a haven to hike to, hide from the wind and watch the birds do what they have done, long before Sisyphus picked up his stone. On an average day Sand Hill Cranes are dancing in the marsh, Tundra Swans pass high above, and a Kestrel will perch over your head. On a good day a Golden Eagle will soar below the aerie while a rainbow bends over Mt. Shasta........................humbling.
The Oakland hills once had a pocket of old growth redwoods. Here is what is left and what has become of them. This glass “stump” is 11 feet in diameter with growth rings etched by hand with a dremel. It is 566 years old! The buildings are Redwood blocks I found in a burn pile, hollowed out, sanded and cut windows in. Some of the ancient Redwoods were preserved, and some, like Oakland’s, were cut to build our cities.
Materials: Glass, Redwood, LED's, Steel
The etching process
How the "stump" was made. The platform is on a ceramic wheel set at a low speed. My left hand was used to control the speed while the right did the etching...
Celilo (sĕ-lī-lō) the sound of water upon rocks... post 1957
Designed to pay homage to Celio Falls, a Native American historical fishing site that was silenced by the dam just up stream of this site.
Materials: Cedar, Basalt, Steel
Tethered to concrete and a bent railroad rail, the 3 foot diameter basalt sphere is polished, cracked, and patched with concrete to represent natural wholeness and the process it has undergone to comfort and fulfill our needs. Beautiful, yet controlled . . . by industry.
Material: Basalt, Concrete, Steel
Remove Yourself from the Negative Environment
Words bestowed to a young black boy by his father at an Oakland middle school. On my way through Oakland heading home that afternoon, I passed another boy on a bike with a huge grin on his face; in his backpack was a fishing pole.
Materials: Stones, glass, copper wire, driftwood
Using 100 panes of salvaged tempered glass as tangrams, I designed and constructed this garden house to incorporate all but one pane. The glass enhances all of Oregon’s elements creating a romantic “outdoor” room. Complete with a homey cedar scent and the warmth of a woodstove, this space is designed for year-round enjoyment.
Materials: Glass, Cedar, Brick
If a cake represents the wedding reception, then the arbor is the frosting of the ceremony. These site-specific arbors create a unique and memorable scene for the newly wedded couple. Using the grounded materials of the surrounding Nature these arbors are built with a lightness that takes flight, serving as a passage for the newlyweds lives together.
Flight of Love - Redwood, Rice Paper
Ring of Vows - Steam bent White Oak
Colusa Zen Garden
Using found stones; this outdoor room was created for suggestive separation in a cul-de-sac. The white cement walls illuminate the day’s shadows while the rock garden provides a slow entrance to a barn house to slow the viewer down and encourage contemplation.
Materials: Stone, Cedar, Cement, bamboo
This series consists of madrone sticks.Inspired by their human limb-like curves I’ve pieced them together to create this dialogue between humans and nature.Playful, musical, and simple.Fit for a photographer of tree’s studio and the outdoors to endure the elements and decay…
Materials: Madrone Sticks
Ring of Vows
A commissioned wedding arbor...simple, elegant, light. Utilizing the local wood. Framing the mountain western Oregonites call home.