Working with wood as a sculptural medium presents seemingly endless fascinating possibilities. Recently, while researching a collaborative piece with my wife, Linda, I came across a computer image in a book about the universe. It depicted the structure of matter in the known universe, which was described as "cellular." Indeed, it looked like a microscopic image of living cell growth. It also looked remarkably like wood burl. "As it is above, so it is below." In my most current creative efforts I use the wood lathe as a primary sculptural tool. These days, however, I am spending more time off lathe than on as I play with carving, texturing, sandblasting and bending to achieve my conceptual goals. I employ joinery of contrasting woods in many of my pieces.
Of course, every visual artist works in a sort of dialogue with his or her chosen medium. Wood does tend to have a "mind" of it's own. And being of the Rude Osolnik school, my work has always been very much about the wood.