After five years of running a successfully uninspired used consumer electronics business, it was time to pursue something more meaningful. I closed the business and moved to Hana, Maui where I tapped into a deep well of inspiration. I began working with the trees, turning wooden bowls on a lathe. A few years later, I found myself back in Portland, turning wood full time from my home studio. Realizing few things in our world are both extremely useful and stunningly beautiful, I set out to find a place where these worlds collide.
Form married function and the Portland Peppermill Company was born.
I work mostly with subterranean tree roots, as they contain the most intriguing characteristics, being the anchors that ground the trees to the planet. The process for every piece takes between 1-2 years from start to finish. First the water logged roots need to be meticulously cut up dried out. When the piece is dry and stable (12-18 months), it goes into the studio, is turned on the lathe, sanded, inlayed, oiled and branded. And the process is completed.
I approach the days thankful for the fingers on my hands and the work in front of me. My time spent in the studio is a practice of love. The process of working with Earth’s raw materials is grounding and engaging, teaches me patience and provides me with a sense of purpose.