Most of the wood I use comes from the West—in particular, Oregon and California. It is important that I select each piece, for in each piece lies the art, waiting to be revealed. Once the wood is chosen, I air dry it, sometimes for years. Many woods have a fungus that causes discoloration of the wood's tone. Like a painter, I use that color variation to turn plain looking wood into something far more exotic: nature and art collaborating! Other natural tendencies in wood, such as holes and cracks, give me the opportunity to inlay turquoise, branches and twigs, brass and egg shells… into the folds of the wood.