Wood, stone, metal, and glass; all have an endless variety of color, textures, and grain patterns. I am always on the lookout for that unique piece of wood with just the right amount of figure to create an interesting flow in the grain.
Then the fun comes, deciding where to put it and what piece of art to use it in. Does it go across the front allowing the grain to flow from one drawer to the next, or do I put it front and center to highlight its beauty on the top of a table?
There is always a little tension between letting the design dictate the piece of wood being used and letting the wood dictate the direction of the design.
Then to complicate things, how do I incorporate this piece of stone or glass? Do the colors from the patinated metals accent the colors in the woods? The challenge of incorporating these different materials into one homogenous piece of furniture or sculpture is what makes the whole process worth doing.
As I design and build, I work towards finding a balance between the different materials and try to find beauty, functionality, and originality in each piece I create. The fun lies in the journey, the satisfaction lies in the mastery of execution.