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.


Some recent shots from the LinePlaneObject sculptural installation that is being done by the Art/Design collaborative, LODGE, sited at the intersection of E. Burnside and MLK, in Portland, Oregon. See more at: Also, the Portland Tribune, had a picture of us with Mayor Sam Adams at a ribbon cutting ceremony on-site to celebrate the completion of the traffic couplet. The top image is of Brother Dave B. standing next to one of our models for phase. We displayed the scale models for the first time at the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the couplet for traffic.

BROOKS Pure project

I just finished an intense month working on a project for Brooks (running shoes). After co-designing (with The Great Society) and building a prototype, we presented our result to Brooks and received valuable feedback that helped us re-shape the kits as a whole. Bamboo was a key ingredient throughout the process and these kits were designed in such a way that they would hold and present (in a unique way) each of 4 new lines of mens and women’s shoes. Each kit had 11 individual, bamboo components as well as two informational booklets and there were over 275 kits that were shipped around the world.  Design and ideation to prototyping to production to shipping all occurred in less than 3 months.  These new shoe models will be released to the general public in small amounts this coming Fall.

Here are a couple shots of some parts at various stages…more coming soon, including some shots of the assembled final kits.

Pallet wood- plentiful, and guilt-free*

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

For many years now, I have been collecting, playing with, designing for and, in general, using found shipping pallets for making both usable and aesthetic objects.
There is info here at my website about the Portland Pallet Project and some images of things i have made:

I will be posting some more things soon as I have been compiling links to creative uses of pallets and pallet wood.

* guilt-free: I source my pallets that have been dropped out of service/circulation and are set out along the curbs for the taking. Every now and then I come across a particularly heave, dense pallet and when I get it back to my shop and clean it up I discover that it is a hardwood, and sometimes even an exotic hardwood from a land far away. What would be expensive at the local lumber store ends up being free, but with a great story that stretches around the world. In Portland there has been an on going emphasis on local sourcing of foods and goods. I would love this to continue on in even more strict fashion. This would help eliminate the need for shipping so much product into and out of the community. Further, the act of rebuilding pallets out of wood could be replaced by recycled plastic pallets that would last longer and not need to be treated for pest infestation…