I didn't start carving until 1982 even though I've
always had a bit of creativity and a whole lot of inquisitiveness.
I have tried many kinds of woodcarving from
sculpting to whittling but lean to the possibilities that driftwood
I begin by locating suitable pieces of driftwood
from the shores of Lake Superior, brought down the many rivers that
empty themselves into the big lake. After scavenging the beach for
many miles and filling my pack sack with only those pieces which
call out to me for freedom, do I head for the solitude of my carving
bench to set these captives free.
“I spend countless enjoyable hours on the beach
in search of the right pieces. Not just any piece will do, it has to
have character and possibility. Each piece is unique unto itself,
like a person, and has its own personality. It's very exciting to
find a piece and have it look back at you, only to leap back into
the wood, later to be brought out again by my knives.”