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Piscatorial Archeology
Piscatorial Archeology

The black walnut is an off-cut I acquired from a Montana wood mill. From the first time I saw it I was reminded of a fly rod or a fly rod case. The Walnut piece sat in my shop, in plain sight, for a...

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Subtle Bend Studio

Subtle Bend Studio

My work is the flow and form found in nature with an avalanche of imagination poured over it.

I have heard it said that some in the art world think many western artists would not know what to do if their work did not somehow depict a mountain range, a river, trout, or large ungulates. After I read that in an elitist article a while back I looked at a lot of my work-- they were right--except for the part about not knowing what to do without those elements. That inspiration I have in abundance.

I may see in a raw piece what I want it to be instantly or I may have to place it in my studio and occasionally look at it over a period of years; it is usually the latter. I am inclined to create movement in my work depending on the shape and flow already existing within a piece; sometimes I work along with the motion expressed in the generations of twisting the wood has endured and other times I add and enhance subtle action and bends.

In the final result, the lion share of my inspiration comes from the spiritualism and wonders of the Rocky Mountains and so many of the great and beautiful things that exist therein. It seems only natural for that influence to permeate my work and so it does...