MEDIA: illustrator, photoshop
In the days after Hurricane Sandy, I was unable to go in to work for a few days. I worked up this poster to pass the time. I always thought the word fathom had a cool sound to it. The style pulls from two of my favorite artists', Shepard Fairey of Obey fame and Mike Mignola illustrator and writer of the Hellboy comics.
MEDIA: black verthin pencil, photoshop
This idea is based on a clamp I used a few times in my dad's cabinet shop. A piece of parachute cord doubles around the perimeter of the four corner pieces and when placed around a cut matboard the corners tighten via gravity when the cord is hung on a nail in the wall.
This is a series of pendant necklaces I made from old bicycle chains bound into various shapes and configurations with different colors of ultra thin parachute cord. A flash of a Bic lighter to melt the synthetic cord of the knot holding the chain in place and done...
For this project I was inspired by the simple beauty of an old glass chemist's flask a friend had given to me. Just as oil will float on water in a natural setting, the weight of the water in the flask stabilizes the piece and visually "floats" the old hurricane oil lamp up into space. The magnifying glass and painted sinker add interest and conjure up images of an imagined and mysterious, New Englandesque whaling outpost that never was.
MATERIALS: glass flask, glass oil lamp, fishing weight, spray paint, black thread, plywood, magnifying glass
Since the days of my drawing classes in high school, I have been fascinated by the forms and lines found in animal bone. Here is a found object artifact from a civilization from another time and place.
MATERIALS: pig skull, bird feathers, telescope lenses, wood board, steel nails, pink spray paint, metal hook, jute twine, silk tie
While walking out of work one day, I noticed the dentist's office located in the same building as my office was throwing out some of their old lighting equipment. The cage at the top of one the armatures struck me as looking like the body of a jellyfish. A little tinkering, a fluorescent bulb, an explanation to my mother as to why I had ordered a white stocking on their Amazon prime account and 300 feet of ball chain later and a lamp was spawned.
MATERIALS: found medical lighting, walnut wood, black thread, white cotton stocking, aluminum ball chain, edison light bulb, black spray paint
I have always appreciated the honesty of materials in typical Adirondack style furniture. Wood is what it appears to be and what you see is what you get. Related to that thought is that the first and foremost "green" design principle should always be about making things that will last.
With these ideals in mind, my father and I worked out a construction method for these hanging mirrors. A filleted end dies into a cross-section of birch branch in each of the 4 inner corners of the frame. The frame is then strengthened by a sliver of walnut glued into the outer corners adding visual interest while adding structural integrity as well.
MATERIALS: white oak wood, white birch wood, glass mirror, walnut wood, satin clear finish
Zipper is another modern Adirondack styled piece. I collaborated with my father to make this glass capped coffee table. Butternut slats sit atop a gray stained white oak frame with inlayed copper accents.
Inner growth is very important.
This was a small end table I made for friends, to celebrate their wedding.
MATERIALS: walnut wood, plywood, matte clear finish
Cormac McCarthy, author of such celebrated novels as The Road and No Country for Old Men is one of my favorite authors. Shown here is a rendition of a book cover for his novel Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness In the West. I tried to give it a classic, minimalist movie poster feel.
Here are some experiments with a ball-point sketched effect using creatures of the deep as subject matter.
MEDIA: scribbler too