I started building art and furniture from salvaged wood while living in LA in the 1990’s. I was inspired by folk artists whose work I had seen in galleries and at flea markets and by the pieces of wood and metal I was salvaging and working with. I was pulled to return to this work and spend more time with it ever since .
After dabbling and occasionally making pieces in my spare time while working professionally as a remodeling contractor, I decided to devote myself full-time to Wood Art in the Spring of 2013.
I took a leap of faith and applied for a space at the Durham Craft Market (a juried market since 2002), and I was accepted! I set up my booth each Saturday and found that people loved what I was making as well as my ethos of using 100% salvaged materials, the older the better.
The majority of the wood used in my work is salvaged from barns and houses that were built in the range of the late 1800s to the 1940s. I clean up the materials and allow their natural aged patina to shine. I do not add paint or do any faux finishing in my shop.
Since starting at the Craft market, I have had a steady stream of custom orders I’ve been selling pieces at the market and at art and craft shows. Etsy has also been very good to me.
I love my work! I get to go out and salvage materials, play in my country shop and make fun art and artful furnishings, and I get to recycle and reuse and practice historic preservation by cataloging the origin of my materials on my blog.