The Creative Process:
Pieces typically start as a quick sketch exploring several permutations and ideas. Once I am satisfied that the design excites, I start to pick through my wood pile for species and boards that will work. The material is dressed, cut to rough size, and allowed to settle. If any preliminary glue up is required, it happens now. While I wait for the settling and glue to take I typically work on a secondary project: in this case the vases sitting on top of the legs. I might then also start to plan a third or fourth project.
The final piece almost never matches the drawing exactly. It is a creative and iterative process that evolves with the piece, and as ideas take hold they are often incorporated.
Here is a rough sketch of a floating top end table I recently built in spalted maple and walnut. These drawings are helpful when working with clients as it involves them in the design (everyone has a pencil) and assists with the visualization and communication process. These sketches can be sent back and forth in email, and the client(s) can be many miles away and still feel a part of the undertaking.
The wood was found, rough cut and air dried for 12 years in a local farmers barn, intelligently culled from trees on his land. If I have the choice I prefer air dried material to kiln dried…the process seems less violent and frankly produces a richer texture.