For anyone curious, the above photo was taken casually by our friend Nancy Nussbaum at the Milford, DE Oktoberfest in 2014 and the band in the background is Ed Shocley's infamous kick-butt band "The Funsters." Sorry everybody, they are a local secret here in south Delaware and they are the best cover band I've ever heard.
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My love of wood comes from 30 years as a cabinetmaker. During this time period, my affection for all wood species and the characteristics of their distinctive figure or grain prompted me to collect a prodigious inventory of exotic and domestic wood veneers. This process inspired a new love, a form of art, which I call wood veneer art. The patterns I find within the wood veneer grain drive all of my art.
My art falls into two categories:
1- Works in which the subject is discovered within the grain pattern of a piece of wood veneer, similar to daydreamers discovering an image in cloud formations. Various inlays, or oil pastels, ink, or dye might be used to enhance the focal object or image.
2- Works inspired by photographic or imaginary images. Carefully selected pieces (as few as possible) are used to represent the image. When appropriate, oil pastels, ink, or dye might also be used to enhance the image. Each piece is matted and/or framed with complimentary woods to complete the final composition, a unique, exquisite piece of wall hung wood veneer art.
Bar with scenic inlay
The start of it all. My very first effort at wood veneer marquetry inlay.