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My interest in wood began when I was a child hanging around my father’s woodworking shop where he made furniture and dulcimers. Throughout my life I have maintained the appreciation and practice of making things from wood. My current focus is wood turning, with an emphasis on native wood species from naturally fallen trees. Hollow forms and bowls of utility are always an interest of mine, but Hōjus are the paramount object of my efforts. A Hōju or Houju is a Buddhist wish-granting jewel, commonly viewed as a charm of good fortune and a positive amulet. There is a rich history of folklore associated with these objects that I enjoy exploring with each new piece.  

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