Working With Nature’s Help

The typical winter day in Coastal NC happened yesterday.

35 degrees on Monday…70 degrees on Tuesday.

Yes this is January in North Carolina.  And I love it!!

I was in need of some interesting driftwood for a sculpture I was creating and this was the perfect day to see what nature had washed down the river.


Yes that is what the sky looks like on a Carolina winter day

I have the advantage of having the best kind of boat…one owned by a friend.

But he is as interested in finding cool things as I am and was more that happy to be out of the house and out on the river.  So we were off.

Trying to find just the right piece.

Trying to find just the right piece.

We were looking for pieces with character.

Nature has a way of making things interesting, by twisting and stressing them in a lot of ways.  It makes for interesting wood and beautiful results come from interesting wood.


There is so much movement in the grain of this piece of cedar that we had to try to figure out how to use it.DSCN0961s



The day’s hall was kind of unruly as we made out way back to the docks.   Now the challenge is to create something which celebrates this piece of nature’s handiwork.


I’ll let you know …and of course… show you pictures.


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North East Themed Wall Clock


Here is a quick look at a wall clock I just finished.

It is for someone from the north east who wanted to remember his earlier days.

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The piece features a warm sunset positioned inside a compass dial with a silver star on the NE point.  The large curves are accented with rocks curving down into the surf at the bottom and maple leafs curving up to flying birds at the top.


I think it is a good execution of the of the idea.


I would love to hear you thoughts,

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The Show is Almost Here!

There are just a few short days till the opening of my one man sculpture show.

It has been a fun time getting all the pieces ready for the exhibit. But a lot of work.

And I have to say, work that I love!

I have crafted nine separate sculptures which combine the beauty of nature with the function of man.  Each one is a small piece of nature, captured in steel.

Here is a close up of the seashore sculpture, and the small crab who lives in his hole among the sea oats and barnacles.

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You can see the rest of the seashore with the sea oats, barnacles and oysters, when you come to the opening reception on Sunday Sept 8 between 2 and 5pm.

Or just stop in anytime during regular business hours until the 27th.

The Jacksonville Arts Council is on New Bridge St in Jacksonville, NC.

I’d love to hear what you think of the pieces.