"I worked as a sculptor in the Philadelphia area for many years, fabricating (hammering and welding) birds and other forms from metals such as bronze, stainless steel and iron. One of my favorite commissions was to make a bronze raven for the Edgar Allan Poe house in Philadelphia. Poe wrote his poem, The Raven, while living in Philadelphia. His inspiration for the poem was a story about a raven by (Charles) Dickens. And Dickens was inspired by his pet raven. And... this very raven, stuffed and dusty, now resides in the rare book section of the Philadelphia Library. This very bird that insired the poem, also was my inspiration for the scultpture! Another significant sculpture of mine is a memorial for six students who died in an auto accident at Houghton College in New York state. This consists of six life-size bronze eagles soaring upward. This piece is about 20 feet high.
My wife and I moved to Hawaii about 20 years ago, living and working on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. Since coming to Hawai'i, I have discovered the beautiful tropical woods here, and now turn bowls and vases from them. In particular, what impressed me was the beauty of macadamia nut wood, and I have been turning a variety of bowls from this and other unusual woods. I still do metal work and am currently working on a series of bronze orchid sculptures. Also, I am working on a series of native Hawiian birds in enameled bronze. I am a member of the Big Island Woodturners."