I've been carving wood professionally since 1991. I studied wood sculpture with Lorrie Goulet at the Art Students League of New York and, while living in Norway, trained with master woodcarver Erik Fridstrøm at the Viking Ships Museum in Oslo. In 1991 Mr. Fridstrøm hired me to assist him in carving a full scale replica of the twelve-foot-tall Ål Portal, an 800 year old stave church doorway in the collection of the Historical Museum in Oslo. (See the Liturgical Doorway page to view work-in-progress photos of all stages of the project.)
I design and carve every commission by hand, using chisels and mallet in a meticulous process that has altered little over millennia. I am adept at designing original patterns and themes to meet clients' needs, as well as in replicating the styles of many historical periods. I carve in a wide variety of woods, among them pine, cherry, walnut, oak, maple, mahogany, teak and basswood.
I work with architects, designers, restoration experts, museums, cabinet makers and individuals on architectural restoration projects as well as new construction to create one-of-a-kind or limited series designs - from decorative relief panels to furniture to architectural elements like doors, doorways, mantelpieces, capitals, cornices, friezes, and other ornamental details. I also accept commissions for original sculptures.