Yaki Take Bokkusu (2010)

Completed a design/build project in 2010 for a client in Portland, OR who lives in a loft space and needed some more storage. I designed and built both built-ins from carmelized FSC certified bamboo panels. Taking a “figurative’ cue from the burnt finishes (see shou-sugi-ban link) found on many traditional Japanese teahouses, I used sumi ink to rub into the pores of the bamboo (for the carcase) to simulate the charred appearance. There is a unique chatoyancy that occurs as a result of this finishing method. For a more modern twist, the bamboo doors and drawers received modified gray scale tones, which helped to integrate the built-ins with the existing furnishings. Each cabinet has a tall, skinny, wardrobe for off season apparel, and I incised ‘pin-stripes with resin that was tinted slightly darker than the door color.

Spanning between the two built in cabinets is a 90″ long sheet of hot rolled steel with holes punched out for cables.

SLC Winter Olympics 2002

I was commissioned to sculpt giant T-Rex heads, a large Moose head and a large Bison head for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2001/2002. The T-Rex was sculpted from giant blocks of EPS (styrene) foam and then cast in carbon fiber, as the finished products had to be extremely lightweight to be operable on the giant bom lifts that ‘puppeteered’ them. The finished products weighed under 20 lbs even though the were 21 feet long and almost 11 feet tall! The Mosse and Bison heads were made of hand bent and welded steel rod with a semi-translucent stretch fabric pulled over them. The work came through Michael Curry Design, in Scappoose, Oregon, where I worked for many years

Grendel (2006)

Had the pleasure of working with Julie Taymor back in 2006 on some pieces for her production of, Grendel (listen here to an episode of NPR all things considered), “An Operatic Moster’s Tale”…Beowulf, from the ‘big, bad, monster’s point of view. Taymor teamed up, once again, with Michael Curry to design some fantastic masks, puppets and kinetic sculptures. A few of them I had the privilege of sculpting (models and full size)…like the big on-stage dragon…whose mouth opened and closed. The first image is of a smaller sculpture that became part of a very stylized large harp that was “played” during performance.

More from 2010…

Quintana Gallery door. Old growth reclaimed Doug fir timbers that were extracted from the Lawrence gallery (adjacent to Quintana) during their remodel/conversion was cut down and used to fashion this tall narrow door. The recessed niche enables the door to swing open into the annexed space next to Quintana and not interfere with the wonderful indigenous art on display in the main gallery. Custom metal door handles/catches with hand rubbed patina round out the design.

And they return…

After years of development, and re-development I am now producing the STUMPT stool as an on-going line. Been in negotiations with some “outlets” who are interested in carrying the stool and selling them through their companies. Hopefully, something will work out soon.
The stools, which are patterned from the 2.0 version differ in material mostly, as well as having a subtle but useful addition, too. Where the original, and version 2.0 were comprised of found pallet wood, the production line version (I’m still thinking about what ‘version I’ll call it) is made from FSC plywoods and veneers and have hand rubbed stains and finishes. For now there is a birch, white oak and walnut version that come in various finishes: natural, “driftwood” (graywash), and “charred” (blackened). The “subtle” addition to these models are a smaller, but similar shaped, “knothole” which facilitates picking up and moving around. There is still one of the faces that is slightly undercut, which allows for multiples to be nested into a cluster or even a bench…

Fort George Brewing

In a city and region overflowing with fantastic breweries, there is one which resides in Astoria, Oregon that is poised to jump ahead of the pack…Fort George. The recently rolled out a new canning line featuring two of the beers in their line, Vortex IPA, and 1811 Lager. Both can be found at various grocery stores about town now.

A couple months ago I teamed up with Josh Berger, who founded and runs Plazm magazine (and is an overall talented artist), to design, prototype and produce a new line of tap handles for the brewery. They will be showing up very soon at bars and restaurants up and down the West Coast.
They are made of bamboo, hand-rubbed with Japanese calligraphy ink with inset aluminum logo’s…They turned out looking very sharp and definitely stand out in a crowd of tap handles.