Small sculptures, intended to be seen, and also picked up and touched.
These forms are made from scavenged wood and branches, using a wood lathe. They sometimes incorporate other scavenged materials: plastics, copper wiring and so on. The process of woodturning on the lathe allows me to work with rough, green and odd shaped pieces of wood.
I’ve had a wood on a lathe in my studio since August 2021. There is calmness, and thoughtfulness in attaching the wood and applying the tools to carve it. There is a real connection to the material, and to place, especially when I collect wood from fallen trees and branches after a storm. Trees are natural witnesses of time’s passage, so local wood helps me to consider time and place in new ways.