The vibrant character of wood and the beauty I witness in nature inspires my art. By sawing my own veneer, I can use woods from local New Hampshire trees, responsibly cut woods from distant places, scraps from other woodworkers, and lumber milled from storm-damaged trees.
My drawing flows from my sketchbook to tracing paper.
Then using carbon paper the design is transferred to the wood background panel.
To create a precise fit with no gaps I cut two layers of veneer at the same time.
With the scroll saw set at an angle, the result is that both the inlay piece and the background panel have beveled edges and fit perfectly together.
I mix my own shellac in small batches for a fresh finish. Shellac is made from the secretions of the lac bug.
The final coat is beeswax.