For as long as I can remember I have played around with bits of wood - wittling, carving and joining - learning how it can be shaped, bent or fixed to make both suple or rigid structures. Over the years I apreciate more and more that wood has always been the companion of human endevour. We could never have spread all over planet earth without wood to make boats from and until recently all our carriages on-land were made of wood (even now it is essential for engine casting patterns). How likely is it that we would now have computers, had we not first invented the abacus made of course from bits of wood.
This amazing, tactile, infinitely varied and inspiring stuff forms the core of what I do.
That said, wood does not have all the answers, so I often combine it, one way or another, with, metal, textiles, stone, concrete and sometimes mechanical elements to complete a picture. Most of my work is site specific and public. I enjoy moving between art, engineering, architecture and landscaping, taking into account the purpose, peculiarities and stories of a place and the prople who use it:
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I'm happiest when making work that doe not seperate art from the world that goes on around it. Art or artifact, does it matter?