One of the things I love most about jewelry is the transformation of materials. My wood and polyurethane inlay technique is a product of experimenting with materials in my studio. I begin the process with wood sourced from other makers and industrial cut-offs from companies with responsible forestry practices to maximize sustainability.
Using my signature inlay process, I make the composite wood and polyurethane blocks. I often use the figuring in the wood as a jumping off point. The color palette evolves organically as I am making each piece, often to represent a landscape, place, or feeling. Each color I add can change the composition and feel of the piece dramatically so the wood and polyurethane blocks are constantly in flux as I am working on them. It is a very labor intensive process, and it can take several days to a week to complete a batch of 10 blocks.
When I feel the blocks are finished I square off the blocks using a band saw and disc sander.
Next, I begin the design process. Using oval templates positioned over the blocks, I try to find the best compositions. The possibilities are endless! Often I take photographs of multiple compositions to compare them side by side. When I have decided the final design, I trace the oval onto the block.
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!
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