This piece was inspired by the organic patterning of worm holes on the surface of fallen logs.
Though made to look random, the pattern is actually cut by hand on a router.
The pattern was gently darkened with a torch to add contrast.
This mosaic wall sculpture showcases the unusual geometry of cedar building shims when stacked together in narrow columns.
Cedar building shims were arranged in this piece to create a geometric pattern that is random and chaotic, but with a sense of order.
It was inspired by the stacked formation of shingles on the exteriors of residential buildings, and loosely based on the shape of a ginkgo leaf.
This piece celebrates the unusual beauty of random cracking.
The effect was achieved by intentionally drying wet clay very rapidly, then kiln firing the pieces for strength and permanence.
Using the battered and pockmarked coastal landscape near Pescadero, California as a reference, this piece was first sculpted in clay with bare fingers, molded in rubber, and finally cast in pigmented plaster.
I crafted this coffee table from reclaimed oak wine barrels from Napa & Sonoma Valley wineries.
I wanted to show off the gentle arc of the barrel cross section, along with the dark gradient of the toasted inner portion. The result is a three-dimensional effect.
The ends are left staggered to reveal their origins as individual staves.
This top was fashioned out of various species of hardwood reclaimed from used shipping palettes.
The palettes themselves are a ubiquitous sight around the city, piled haphazardly along the sidewalks and alleys, not cared about, yet they contain valuable hardwoods.
I wanted to transform their anonymous, utilitarian lives into something more exalted.
The result is an attractive but rugged table with a story behind it.
The next series of images are projects I’ve made over the years. Some I set out to make with patterns or textures already in mind, while others came from discoveries made along the way while manipulating the raw materials themselves.
This body of work shows various incarnations of common materials such as cement, ceramic, wood, metal, and recycled material.
Design elements from any of these pieces can be reworked in different materials or scales for commissioned projects.
The first set of images shows the elegance of lean vertical lines.
This group of images features composite works that bring together small elements that, when arranged in repetition, create something greater than the sum of their parts.
The first piece makes use of ceramic shells. The second and third use sawdust and cardboard.
These works are a study in organic patterns and the simple sophistication of black and white.
The first piece shows a matrix of rhombus shapes broken up by an irregular patch of wavy lines. The orderly shape of the grid makes the random patterning at the bottom seem more surprising and unsettling.
The second piece is completely random and chaotic. It was inspired by the hardened lava fields of Kilauea, Hawaii.
These works draw heavily on patterns found in nature – a dragonfly wing, brain coral, and sticks strewn over a forest floor.
They show the interplay of random geometry running wild within established boundaries.
These works explore the versatility and simplicity of metal flat bar.
I’ve always liked the appearance of woven material, and what better than to use one of the least expected materials – steel.
The second image was inspired by the long, segmented forms of bamboo. I wanted it to have a spontaneity to it, as if the metal was created with the same ease as a pen on paper.
The last two works are made with reclaimed wine barrel rings.