Q & A
Who are you and what do you do?
I began my professional woodworking career after apprenticing with Jon Brooks in 1975-6, and since then he has been producing sculpture and furniture for my home, galleries, and private collections. For the past 42 years, I have been teaching woodworking at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA.
Why do you do what you do?
As a child, I was fascinated by nature and by art. I grew up in a rural area of western New York and would spend my free exploring the woods behind my house. While I enjoyed exploring nature and how the world seemed to work, I had difficulty in school and making things became a source of pride and satisfaction. Much later, as an adult, I found out that I was dyslexic and that may have explained some of the difficulty I had in school.
What’s your favorite artwork or artist?
I have been influenced by many artists. If I had to reduce it to one person, it would be Jon Brooks, an artist from New Boston, N.H. I have also been greatly influenced by Henry Moore, Constantin Brancusi, Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miro, Vasily Kandinsky, and Friedensreich Hudertwasser. The list could go on.
The concept of art as being a gift that is meant to be shared, is central to what I do. If you are given the gift of art, I feel you are obliged to pass it on. I try to pass it on through my teaching and in making art for other people.
What themes, ideas, questions do you pursue in your work?
I see wood as a powerful, almost sacred material. Increasingly I work directly from the tree. I try to use wood harvested from storm damage trees, brush clearings, or trees that are taken down for other reasons. I try to maintain the organic nature of the wood in its natural state. It is a very tactile material.
What role does The Umbrella play for you in your work as an artist?
I would like to see the Umbrella increasingly become a cultural resource for Concord and the surrounding communities with a strong mix of theatre, music performances, film, artists, and art education.
1991-92 Harvard University (graduate study)
1980 Mass College of Art (graduate study)
1975-76 Jon Brooks (apprentice)
1968-73 Northeastern University B.A. Psychology
1978- present Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Cambridge, MA. Full-time high school teacher of woodworking, design and sculpture.
2007 Furniture Society Conference (Univ. of Victoria, B.C.) presentation/demo.
2004 Furniture Society Conference (Savanna,GA) panelist
2004 Maine Woodworkers Association (woodworking presentation).
2002 Presenter at Guild of NH Woodworkers conference.
2000 Furniture Society Conference (Toronto, Ontario) presentation/demo.
2000 Anderson Ranch Snowmass, CO. instructor.
2000 Miami University, Oxford, OH. Craft Summer instructor
2004 Rustic Garden Furniture Daniel Mack, Lark Books Ashville, N.C.
2001 Lee Valley Technical Bulletin issue #17 www.leevalley.com
2000 “Fine Woodworking “ #145 “Creativity with a purpose”
2000 “Fine Woodworking Video “Making Rustic Furniture”
1999 “Fine Woodworking” #138, “Making Rustic Furniture”
1990 Design Book Five Taunton Press, Newtown, CT
1981 Woodworking the New Wave , Dona Meilach, Crown Press, New York, N.Y.
Honors, Awards, Grants:
2012 Concord Art Association Frances N Roddy Competition Sculpture award
2010 Concord Art Association Members Juried Sculpture award
2008 The Philanthropic Initiative teacher/artist grant winner
2007 The Philanthropic Initiative grant winner
2003 New England Association of Woodworking Teachers “Teacher of the Year”
1999 Inventor: Veritas® Tenon Cutter patent # 6,004,082
2000 Miami University Gallery Oxford, OH
1986 Nesto Gallery Milton Academy Milton, MA.
1981 Brockton Art Museum “Woodforms” Brockton, MA.