Conveying conceptual stories by combining unique/antiquated objects became a huge passion of mine in 2011. These are 3-dimentional assemblage pieces from antiquated objects (mostly pre-1940's all the way back to the Victorian Era), as well as, often, animal bones. Each piece is conceptual and tells some kind of story or is a contemplation on some aspect of life. I think of them as visual songs. Aesthetics matter.... a lot... but the meaning drives the aesthetic.
Flight From Death
A Study of Fortitude
Here Yet Gone
Post Mortem Migration
Train of Thought
In Repair 2
Last One Left (a.k.a. Simone)
I've always loved knives... not for any nefarious reasons, but because they fascinate me in that they're artfully designed, useful as a tool and a weapon of self defense and also they take so much work and craftsmanship to make. My raw materials are hunks of hardwood (Desert Ironwood, Red-Oak Burl, ebony etc.) and antique hardened steel files, all of which I shape and grind down to completion.
2018 Knives & Pipe Satchel
A selection of my latest knives and a small tobacco-pipe box-bag satchel (with Olive-wood sides and natural bark bottom).
• Put a new round oak handle on an old Swedish blade, It’s got brass fittings and is wrapped in hemp-twine.
• Repurposed and re-shaped antique chisel blade-turned full-tang cleaver. This has a desert Ironwood handle… hard as a rock. This thing has some weight to it. Good for choppin’.
• Shop knife made from an antique chisel, with reverse tango tip. Also an Ironwood Handle and a steel butt for whackin’ stuff.
• Antique chisel again… this one has a strange blade shape and a Zebrawood handle.
Handmade Leather Goods
Leather is awesome. It smells good, it lasts, it has an epic texture and is super fun to make stuff out of. There's something about making something you can really use. I always seek to find some kind of design that's got a functional uniqueness about it.
ZebraWood BoxBag (front)
These stations are like a little home for the stuff that you carry around in your pockets or wear all day. Wallet, keys, rings/jewelry, writing utensils etc. All the stuff that usually gets lost or misplaced, now has a its own place to live. I seek out rare objects and materials to create these little guys.
Handmade Tobacco Pipes
I don't smoke. Not technically. But a couple years ago I discovered the simple pleasure of the non-inhaling aromatic magic of a pipe. I'll be honest, it makes sitting around talking, or just thinking seem that much more importantly... there's a photo of CS Lewis with his pipe... it's a nice photo. So I decided to try my hand at making my own pipes our of found blocks of wood... my favorites are the ones made from the dead Persimmon tree that happened to be in my backyard... and wouldn't ya know it, it's a prized hardwood, often described as white ebony. So fun.
Julian Burl-Wood Tobacco Pipe
Made this pipe in May out of Red Oak Burl which I found here on my cabin-lands.
Julian Burl-Wood Pipe
Creations & Inventions
This is the catch-all section for the otherwise undefinable or un-groupable things I've made. These include a very overbuild mechanical candy machine, my book on the arts and other things and stuffs.
Design & Photography
There's nothing like capturing or creating a space that has strong emotive power and evocative ambiance. I love designing spaces--interiors and exteriors--as well as logos, websites and album art. I've spent most of my life creating music (and still do), and when I began to create for the eyes, it added a whole other layer of meaning to my creative life.
Aubree - Don't Give Up (Pre-Release Single Cover Art)
Flight Deck (Band Logo)
Flight Deck (Band Logo 2)
Adam Watts HATERFAKERS (Alternate Single Cover)
"Ad Infinitum" - Fine Art Photo Print
Photograph Taken at The Salton Sea
Oddities, Bones & Antiques
I've been scouring the world seeking out and collecting some of the most unique and beautiful objects I could find. All of these are now for sale! Contact me at: email@example.com if you're interested.