art installation

In June, I installed a group of paintings for Shawn Demarest that she painted for the main entrance of the River East Building. The wall was painted in two tones to match the horizon-line of the paintings. I built the panels for her with double French cleats on the back, registering them carefully during construction so that install would be
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pedestal construction

Aspen skeleton…   1/8″ Baltic Birch skin…   Spray primed and painted white…   make for strong, light, and beautiful peds.
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large panel

An example of how I brace a large panel. This one is 54″x96″ and is for Portland artist, Glenn Clevenger. For its size, this panel is surprisingly light. I used 1/8″ Baltic Birch for the face instead of the usual 3/16″. Because of the additional bracing a panel of this size needs to remain stable, I felt comfortable using the
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from block to flag

A distinct privilege of what I do is being able to see the naked, blank substrates I send out transformed into works of art and design. Case in point, this sweet project masterminded by the dynamic design duo at Always With Honor, Tyler & Elsa Lang. When the talented Perry Pfister brought this project to me, I initially pointed him to
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art on the vine 2014

Due to a rare snow event here in Portland, the annual OCAC fundraiser scheduled for February 8th has been postponed. This Walnut bent-laminate bench will be featured in the main auction. It’s the second of its kind. The first bench I upholstered with leather, whereas this one is clear-finished Walnut with a touch of dry pigment applied to the perimeter.
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gessoed panels. maple frames

A few recent shots from the studio. Panels with fresh gesso… And five large Maple frames, 3′x4′. They’re hinged in order to be accessed and the contents changed over time. The frames are going to a hospital in Tacoma, WA. The gessoed panels are for Shawn Demarest.http://shawndemarest.com/#
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first commission

Occasionally I get to visit a large corner cabinet I built in 2001 and see how it’s faring. It belongs to John and Annie Bergin, long-time family friends who live in Seattle. I’m not sure if the Bergins realized how inexperienced I was when they asked me to build it – at that point I’d apprenticed with a fine furniture
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one year ago

This time last year (Nov/Dec 2012), artsubstrates and microstructures www.micro-structures.com teamed up on this design/build project to shelve a large record collection and some stereo equipment.   A heavy-duty french cleat on the back of the boxes make them removable and interchangeable. ┬áThe records face forward, so they can be thumbed through and easily organized.   Though these photos show
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12/12/13

I started my day installing some shelves in a kitchen remodel I worked on over the summer… Then I went back to the shop and painted a float frame white… And made some small hexagonal panels… Then came home and made some pies. Sweet potato and pecan. I love a day of rectangles and rounds.
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seamless featherlight panels

Here’s a group of fifty small panels that I made for the Oregon College of Art & Craft holiday sale, happening Nov. 29-30. They range in size from 4″x 4″ to 12″ x 12″ and are each made from a single piece of 1/4″ mdf with mitered corners and edges. Constructing them from thin material using miters makes them lightweight,
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