My work begins with the idea that crafted materials can connect us to our environment and help create a sense of place. The physical properties of materials like steel or douglas fir influence how we shape and assemble them. An assembly of materials can possess a sense of balance and proportion that reflects both its properties and the process that crafted it. A well designed and crafted assembly respects its environment, connects to its user on both a visual and tactile level and feels “right.”
Although I work primarily with steel I am capable of bringing other materials like wood and concrete into a piece when those are desired or appropriate. With a background in both engineering and architecture I bring an understanding of materials and a sense for how they can be assembled and composed. I am equally comfortable collaborating with architects, designers, private clients and other craftspeople. As a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, I can also discuss code and sustainability issues when they arise.
The process of creating a piece begins with a meeting to discuss the project. Following our discussion, I e-mail sketches and ideas along with an approximate budget. As the design becomes firmed up, I then write a proposal with dimensioned drawings, scope description, preliminary schedule and materials/labor break down. Typical project delivery is 4-6 weeks from receipt of a materials deposit.