African Colaboa With a Raw Finish

24"x36"

acrylic on canvas

"I was first introduced to the "colaboa" at houston hardwood lumber company and was completely awestruck by its rich, thick beauty. it reminded me of fudge swirl. the density of the wood confirmed my suspicions as I picked it up and felt its raw finish. so I took some selected pieces home with me and still have not been able to find an appropriate use for the wood. Maybe it will just remain in my scrap pile of stuff to use at a later date."

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Quartersawn on Birdseye Maple

24"x24"

acrylic and oil stick on canvas

"one of my favorite parts about working at my mother's store was a chance to see some of the richly appointed houses that she works on. after dropping off some tile, I had a chance to take a tour of the "rocket" roger clemens' study. It was literally covered from top to bottom with knotty maple, which has always reminded me of a poor man's version of bird's eye maple."

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Oil Glazed Black Walnut

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"I know a friend that hunts for old walnut stumps throughout texas and shapes them into components for his furniture. Many times he will flame finish the wood, while other times he simply glazes it with tung oil, until it retains a glossy finish."

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Hand Rubbed Alaskan Cedar

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"the cedar doors to the chapel of st. ignatius have a hand-chiseled appearance that looks like some nervous monk has been scratching it with his fingernail for centuries."

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Kiln-Dried Southern Pine

12"x12"

acrylic and oil stick on canvas

"a staple of the building industry, yellow pine has a grading that determines its strength. while in college, we built a pedestrian bridge out of no.1 select. Our team picked this particular wood because it has the least amount of deflection when put under stress. the wood helped us pass our test. after the exam, it sat in a field for weeks and was soaked by the rain. later, pam's father hauled it off for his own use."

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Ribbon-Striped Mahogany Veneer

24"x36"

acrylic on canvas

"a while back, I was working on the design of the moody gardens hotel. a primary focus area that I spent many evenings working on was the ninth floor amenities. I had designed a mosaic floor in the public halls and lobbies. I gazed at how the veneer panels smiled back at my floor."

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Brazed Purpleheart

24"x48"

acrylic and oil stick on canvas

"I spent two weeks of my vacation helping a friend build a squatter's chest that I designed. The facing of all of the drawers was purpleheart, which ended up being less expensive than maple at the time. Ultimately, the wood got the best of us, as it is extremely brittle and not good for dovetail joints. the only saving grace is the luster and aging color of the this species of wood."

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Water Soaked Red Oak

30"x48"

acrylic and oil on canvas

"I was in possession of several pieces of red oak and had them stored in my garage. on the weekends, I would cut the stock for shadow box frames. It had been several months since I played in the woodshop. when I went to select the pieces to cut, I realized they were in a pool of rainwater and covered with mildew. Damn that garage and its leaky roof."

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Sun Spotted Sycamore

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"I used this species of wood for the rails of my squatters chest. I was told that over time, the friction caused by opening and closing the drawers would cause the wood to develop a silky, smooth slider. this reminded me of warm honey on the beach, much like when the sun glows on the blonde grain just before it is planed for the final assembly. we are still working on the operation of the lower drawers."

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Moss on a Pecan Table

12"x12"

acrylic on canvas

"something about the moss on the pecan trees in front of my house prompted me to do a study of this occurrence. I am always depressed when I see moss covering a tree like a cheap dress."

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