My wife and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary on Dec. 15, 2011. We have one son and one daughter, 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
I reached the age that I am able to retire from the everyday hustle of the workforce and spend time doing two of my passions, photography and woodworking.
Time is spent almost every day in my studio at my lathe, where I produce works of art plus culinary items. Other times in my shop I may be found working on a custom table, baby cradle or other fine furniture.
I like to take morning walks when my legs (and the weather) will allow it. I usually carry my camera to take photographs of the nature I find in the countryside around my home. In the spring time, I can be found at Troy University taking photographs of the baseball team, where my grandson plays.
As an artist, I look to nature for my inspiration. I chose wood because of the natural beauty it contains in itself. Each piece of wood brings uniqueness to the finished produce. It may be a wild grain pattern, unique color, embedded objects or works of nature (spalting, bug infestation) that set this piece apart from all others.
Often times the shapes of my work are influenced by things from nature such as a smooth round rock from a stream bed, a pine cone, an apple or a pear. If you look at my work, you will find I was influenced by the Navaho and Pueblo Indians early 20th century pottery.
I want to continue in this direction, but also expand into articles with inlay. It is my desire that the pieces I produced will be objects that are desired by all. I hope that my wife will give you as much joy in owning it as I had in creating it.