This is a site dedicated mainly to my love of wood and furniture design. If you love wood and fine woodwork, you will like this site. Within these pages you will find over a hundred images detailing my works and designs in wood. Many are found in my Portfolio, and many others are found in the Works in Progress page; with lots to look at inbetween. You will also find links to my other sites all about steelhead flyfishing and birding in northwest British Columbia.
January 14, 2006
Finally another round of updates to my various and sundry website projects. This is my most significant update in several years, so take a look. Of note: having added several new works I felt it was time to start a new Porfolio page, so I now have Portfolio 2 which from now on is where all new works will be documented. In fact this new page begins with work from 2002/2003. (Yes it has been that long since any really significant update has been made to the site)
A detailed index of a few relatively recent items of interest: (always changing)
January 2006: Portfolio 2: including: The Chiffoniers The Sullivan Settee and The Secrets of Venus
Spring 2001: Springtime again folks and look what the Easter bunny is up to!
The Curved Desk .....Ode to Aphrodite....The Miranda table
The Sullivan Table: Another approach to an Arts and Crafts table. Latest Images! Updated November 2000.
T-shirts: yes, as amazing as it sounds...we have Merchandise now. Don't go away. Instead, take a look, you will be pleasantly surprised...
The Curved Screen July 1999, see also the Portfolio link to view the finished screen.
Lighting: another way to look at beautiful wood
For anglers only. . .a little fish picture.
I have lived in the Kispiox Valley in north-west British Columbia, Canada since May of 1994. I make my living primarily from two sources: my workshop, and as an angling guide. I built a 1500sq. ft. wood shop shortly after moving here on part of the property my family and I live on. Late fall, winter, and most of the spring have me in the shop involved with furniture and other woodworking projects; while a good part of the summer and certainly all of the fall (the fishing season) has me outside as much as I can (which is alot). It is a kind of seasonal lifestyle that greatly appeals to me.
My guiding business is a very steady part of my annual cycle. It is the other part of who I am and how I live and as a business is always growing and is as vibrant and dynamic as I can manage. Please feel free to have a look at my web-based annual guiding news letter. . . which you can get to right here.
The name: Mykiss... someone once called it a "double entendre", which I guess means that it can mean two things...whatever. I took it because it is from the latin name for steelhead: onchorynchus mykiss and is a direct reference to my other passion: that of fly fishing for steelhead and more importantly, just being on these wonderful rivers every summer and fall.
Woodwork related background:
My experience in the field of furniture making and design is a combination of high school, work experience, self teaching, and the excellent time spent in the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California in 1989/90. My instructors: James Krenov, Michael Burns, David Welter, and Jim Budlong, all had so much to offer. The nine months spent there greatly influenced my ideas about wood, design, and furniture.
I have pieces in homes all over North America. I sell my work by commission out of my workshop, and through several galleries in the Pacific North-west in Washington state and in the Vancouver area in B.C.
I have many sources of inspiration when it comes to designing and creating pieces of furniture. They range from The College of the Redwoods, traditional Japanese crafts, some aspects of Modernism, Art Deco, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the natural world around me. Lately I have been looking closely at the tremendous carving and artistic heritage of the Gitksan people, the first nations people here in the Hazelton/Kispiox valley area in north-west B.C. They have a very long cultural legacy of wood craft which remains vibrant to this day.
Above all, though, it is the wood itself that moves me to create. There are few materials that can come close to the incredible range of colors, textures, and even scents that the woods of the world possess. It is to allow this material a voice, one which will live on for generations, which ultimately is my goal when creating a piece. When the function of the piece is in harmony with that goal, then I have achieved something good. I believe my designs have a fairly contemporary, clean line; but I have never set out to turn the design world on its ear. I don't do avant garde furniture.
All of my work is constructed in, and consequently bears the hallmarks of, a European tradition of cabinet-making. The methods of construction - the dovetails, the mortice and tenon, dowelling, frame and panel, coopering, and veneering- are consistent with this tradition not because I believe in quaint notions of the "olde tyme country craftsman", but because these methods are inherently suited to the nature of the material.
I believe that all craftspeople live and work in a continuum of ideas. There is essentially no such thing as originality, we are all connected to one and another, if by nothing else, our common craft heritage: by the works of those who have gone before us. Their work lives on in the blending of ideas, new materials, and constant change that drives the force of creation. What is new is simply the vanguard of what has gone on before.
. . . Of course there is always the influence of your muse. . . but that is another story for later...
Only through diligence, patience, and serious devotion to one's craft will you acquire the deeper understanding needed to fully realize and bring into being pieces which accomplish their functional requirements and at the same time fully acknowledge the limitations and possibilities of the material. To do this all with a sense of reverence and yet remain mindful of the poetic and lyrical possibilities of the material, and turn this towards the lines that define the forms. . . this is craft, poetry, and art all realized at once.
There is nothing mysterious about it: we observe, we feel, we act...we learn. And repeat...spiralling upward toward a refinement of idea, spirit, and process.
Telephone: (250) 842-6401
Post: C-62, Site M, Kispiox Valley Rd., Hazelton, B.C., V0J 1Y0, CANADA