As a young man I became familiar with hardwood trees working at a local sawmill in the late 1970's. I began making traditional baskets to sell at local craft fairs to support my family. Over time new techniques and designs were introduced to make the pieces more sculptural and expressive.
However I still feel a close connection with the traditional craftsmanship of the past.
My daughter with some of our earliest baskets in the early 1980's
My oldest son and daughter with sunflowers from our garden. We've had a garden for the past 40 years, and gardening is an important part of each day. Today, all of my children grow their own gardens with their families.
My work has always been a part of the family. My wife and each of my children have helped shape the ideas and techniques I use.
"Form follows function"
My very first studio tucked far back in the hills of the Boston Mountains. The area is remote enough we eventually moved closer to civilization, but I still own the property, and the old studio is used for weekend getaways.