I began working with wood over 30 years ago because a friend of mine had a house he wanted to do things in and he asked for my help. Neither one of us had the slightest idea what we were doing but we bashed away as best we could. He had lived in Japan for a time and wanted Japanese influenced wooden elements in his home. So, we looked at pictures and did our best to copy what we saw. We learned by doing. I kept at it and started building things I wanted or needed but didn't have and could not afford. A mahogany desk for me, a built-in sewing center for my mother, bits and pieces of this and that to meet a need or request. Over the years, all the different projects have produced some level of experience as a finish carpenter. People have seen what I have designed and built and asked me to do something unique for them. And I have. I am no expert carpenter but I am brave and am willing to try whatever is asked of me. In the last years, having moved to coastal South Carolina, I have done quite a bit using cypress and live oak and they render beautifully. Below are some photographs of some of my carpentry projects.
Cypress "Tomobako": Japanese wooden box for a valuable piece of pottery.
Distressed and Pickled mantel made of old barn wood siding.
Cypress partners' desk (Six feet wide and
7 1/2 feet long) with leather inlaid tops.
Gazebo with wrought iron railings and balusters. Top and finial are copper.
Below are photographs of the interior of a 4,000 sq. ft. oceanfront home for which I recently provided all interior work. Click on a photo to open the grid as a gallery and to read the description of the photo. This project is described in detail in the booklet "A Tour of Paradise Point" located at the bottom of this page.
10 foot long raised panel waxed cypress kitchen island with 100+ year old cypress (pickled/waxed) lightbox above.
100+ year old cypress (had been floorboards of an old house) headboard, shiplapped, pickled, with "tin" roof from an old building in Pawleys Island, SC