The first piece I made was a device for my daughter to carry as part of her steampunk costume for Halloween, using parts I had accumulated over the years. I then started to make a variety of decorative and functional items in a retro or steampunk style for my own collection.
I learned metal- and woodworking while growing up on an Iowa farm. I started working as an engineer at Bell Laboratories in 1977. Upon retiring from Nokia in 2018 after 40 years of surviving mergers and acquisitions I decided to make items to sell.
I call my pieces “functional sculptures” since they serve as conversation pieces while having a practical use or performing an action using light or sound. I compose them from brass, iron, glass, ceramics, and wood using as high a proportion of vintage materials as possible so each item is one-of-a-kind and has a distinct visual impact.
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