About Mechanical Theatres
Sometimes my Mechanical Theatres create a space for you to “stage” your favorite objects – be they small artworks, collections, or even botanical treasures.
Other times the Theatres become more Story Boxes, telling a tale for you to interpret as the viewer. These pieces will sometimes have storage for small special objects.
The pieces are constructed out of solid wood except in instances where a rare piece of multi-veneered plywood is used. Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir are my woods of choice for their great carving and stability characteristics. I use some off-the-shelf metal hardware for the moving parts and do a lot of metal fabrication as well.
For coloration, I use authentic milk paints which have a fabulous satin finish. I usually apply an initial undercoat color which shows through the topcoat finish when it is sanded and burnished.
After making furniture for many years I took a different tact with my making and began to focus less on function. These kinetic sculptures encompass many of my interests: folk art, engineering, circuses, birds, kinetic movement, roadside attractions, and woodcarving to name a few.
I live with my wife and our 12- year old Rat Terrier, Ralph, in Portland, Oregon.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org