Woodworking

My father was a hand carver and while he didn’t teach me, appreciating wood work is something we had in common. I love collecting turned vessels and hand carved spoons, I even have a few pieces of wooden jewelry. There are so many gorgeous grain patterns, colors, even burls and knots, that make wood crafts so diversely beautiful. I…

Mosaic Wedding Present

Earlier this month two dear friends celebrated their first wedding anniversary. They’ve been together since high school and got married on their sixteenth anniversary in a lovely ceremony at their home. They’re both artists who asked for no gifts, but I wanted to make them something. They had just redone all their landscaping so I decided on a mosaic…

Labor of Love

This year I had the challenge of coming up with the perfect Valentine’s day gift. I wondered what would be both practical and pretty, sentimental but not sappy, handmade and better than a construction paper heart. Then I had it: I would make a mosaic bedside table! I looked for an entire month to find a table with a suitable top, then…

For A Wood Thrush

Making mosaics is always meditative for me. I spend hours determining exactly where each square goes, trying to balance the colors and textures. It’s a puzzle where all the pieces fit and there are hundreds of solutions, but always only one that I want. In late 2011 I made a headboard for my new bed. After cutting the  board to the right…