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Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
I am a husband, a father of 2 sons and the owner of the shop dog (AKA the mascot). My youngest child is special needs and he is the reason that I became a full time artist/craftsman. He was the push that I received to make the leap from working for someone else to working for myself. I needed to be home to take care of him when he was younger, so I could work from home and take him to all of his appointments.
I started woodworking in High school. At that time, I didn’t consider it art. I just loved to cut, carve and hack up wood to come up with something useful. I didn’t know about all the different colors, grain or textures that wood has. I educated myself on techniques, learned by trial and error, and became comfortable in my abilities. I learned how wood is always alive, moves with humidity and how to compensate for that movement. I am a perfectionist, if a project or a part is not up to my high standards it will find itself in the burn pile.
I come from a very artistic family. I can’t paint with watercolors, acrylic or oils but I can paint with wood. I love doing inlay work and drawing my own patterns. I’m inspired by the natural world and living things. Flyfishing, Bowhunting, and Duck Hunting all influence my work. I love sitting in a duck blind or on a pontoon boat in the early morning watching nature do it's thing.
-- Life is Good Enough -- http://www.barkupatreewoodworks.com/
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