Title:  “Symbiosis”

Year work was completed: 2016

Form: Triptych

Materials: Materials: African Mahogany; American Black walnut; American cherry; Aromatic red cedar; Asian elm; Black and white ebony; Bloodwood; Bocote; Boxwood; Brazilian cherry; Bubinga; Cocobolo; English walnut; Goncalo alves; Holly; Kingwood; Koa; Macassar Ebony; Maple- Soft, Hard, Bird’s Eye, Tiger; Olive wood; Osage Orange; Pear wood; Philippien Mahogany; Pink ivory; Purpleheart; Red Mallee burl; Rosewood; Santo Domingo Mahogany; Satinwood- Ceylon and Brazilian; Sycamore; Tamboti; Teak; Tulip Wood; Wenge; Western white cedar; Zebrawood; and Ziricote, totaling 39 varieties of wood and 5 varying figured grain patterns.  


Construction: “Old Stock”  hard Maple frame with ½ mahogany plywood panel with bridle joint construction on the frame, fish glue was the adhesive and a proprietary grout system.

Size: 3   24” x 22” panels


Philosophy: We designed this triptych as a two dimensional piece of art work which embodied the same materials and mosaic techniques we used in the decoration of the sideboard/credenza entitled “Pieces” There are nearly 150 pieces of highly figured and naturally colored wood applied as if like paint on a canvas using the orientation of the grain as brush strokes and the color of the wood as the paint on the artist’s pallet. The patterns of the applied woods represent the “Abstract Expressionism, Abstract Illusionism, and Cubism movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries.  The wood used in the construction of the piece is all “old stock” domestic and exotic woods thereby not promoting the cutting of live and or endangered species. This coupled with the use of low VOC adhesives, moderately low VOC coatings, and our electricity is supplied via photovoltaic cell solar panels follows LEED Gold and Silver Certification Guidelines as well as Green Practices, and Best Practices.

Exhibitions: The tryptic was deputed at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show in 2016; was shown at Craft Boston at the Cyclorama in 2016, at the American Fine Craft Show Washington DC in 2016; at the show entitled “Interiors” at the Strathmore in 2017, and at the AD20/21 Fine Art Show Boston in 2017.

Effort: The layout and fabrication of the tryptic required 135 hours to complete.

Meaning or Importance of Material: The meaning of the various woods used varies within the communities and cultures where the trees grow and are harvested. Many of the exotic woods have been revered their figured grain and color by furniture makers for100’s of years. Many of the woods are considered to have positive spiritual energy which includes Rosewoods, Purpleheart, etc. Koa has been a sacred wood for the Polynesian peoples and possesses duality and balance on the masculine side and creativity and beauty on the feminine side. Each of the 34 species of wood used in the production of the piece possess various powers and energy. The use of small fragments of solid wood in the mosaic pieces are cutoffs which would normally be discarded, but we strive to use all of the wood.