My work is wicker-weave basketry of dyed rattan and sea grass cord, with lathe-turned wood bases and rims. The wood is all found wood, often trees that have fallen in storms. Once I have turned the wooden elements, I leave them indoors for at least three weeks to cure and stabilize. I attach rattan spokes to the wood and construct the basket, weaving in the colors and patterns as I go. When completed, the entire piece is finished with tung oil to bring out the colors and produce a slight aged patina to the work.
Since childhood, I have worked with wood in various ways, building things and refinishing furniture at my father’s upholstery shop. In my early thirties I found myself living in a small apartment in a new city where, for the first time, I had no access to a workshop. Desperate for something to make, a weaver friend of mine gave me a couple of little books with basket patterns in them. Only a few hand tools were required and no workshop was needed. I made a couple of baskets, and I became obsessed. When I again got access to a wood shop, I began to make baskets with wooden bases, then later with wooden rims and rings.
I do not draw or write down the patterns in advance, but have a clear picture in my mind of how each piece might turn out. Sometimes, I will repeat a particular pattern or construction, but no two works are ever quite alike.