Wood Blocks Portfolio
As a small boy, I did not have a typical set of wooden blocks to play with.
Instead, my whole world was wood blocks. My father was a custom furniture maker, having learned his craft in Holland. On Saturdays, my Dad would take me to his shop. While he worked, I played. I would build all sorts of houses, buildings and cities with abandoned blocks of wood.
A few years ago, I visited my good friend George Meyers at his commercial store fixture, fabrication facility. During a tour of the plant, I noticed a pile of scrap wood ready to be discarded. As I starred at this pile of wood, a memory rekindled. I asked George if I could have a dozen pieces to play with in my studio.
I was like a kid all over again. Recycling at its best, these rough milled pieces of hard wood (painted at their ends by the lumber mill for identification); walnut, oak, maple and others were my wooden blocks to play with as a fifty-year old. I doweled them together to permanently recreate what I did in an earlier life. Now, I make regular trips to see George and pick out more discarded pieces of wood to make my ‘Wood Block’ sculptures.I work with my heart and head to create much of what I did as a kid, often sitting on the floor. At times, I manipulate the wood, cutting and fitting these wood blocks into one another to create another dimension/step to the process.