Monkey Cookie Jar is what I consider a design opportunity. While turning a vase a knot appears with a void. Now I am stuck with a surprise flaw in the wood. After several weeks of considering between firewood and other options I begin to sketch on it. My daughter sees a monkey and draws it out. With the addition of ears and a removable hair piece for the lid we now have a Monkey Cookie Jar.
Design opportunities are some of the most fun and rewarding projects to work on. Initially I am on a path developing a project and then a flaw appears in the wood. Now I have a challenge to find a solution to the surprise. I continue to turn the vase and make a friction fitting lid. The knot becomes a place for a black eye and making a whimsical piece.
Here is another piece with a whimsical piece with an attitude.
Studio and Gifts
I design and produce all of my items in my studio in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. My time is split between making a shape on the lathe and refining the piece at the workbench. I will use a variety of techniques to decorate an item. They may include pyrography which is a branding method, carving, piercing, airbrushing and applying a protective finish.
If you are looking for a special gift for friend or family member and do not see something of interest in my web store then take a look my Etsy Shop. When you purchase an item from one of my stores or a gallery, you have the guarantee that you are receiving an original piece as I do not sell items from third parties. All of my pieces have my signature on the bottom of the piece.