As a furniture maker and woodworker, my inspiration often comes from shapes and patterns that I see in nature. A piece of driftwood, roots wrapping around a rock, the way a tree deals with the challenges of its environment provide inspirational models for forms in a practical piece of furniture. I find these perspectives, curves, flowing lines and asymmetry to be appealing and timeless. I still work by the rules of working wood that have been tried-and-trued over centuries, but find new ways of shaping those techniques into more sculptural forms. I enjoy using the character of the wood to enhance a design and as a result I find the piece develops its own story and unique character.