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Tree Sculptures

These pieces express the beauty of wood both literally and artistically!



"Tree of Knowledge"

Forest Treasures 2015
This new series nearing completion is carved from the burls of a single Maple Tree harvested in Kingston WA in 2013.
The Banyan Tree
The Banyan tree spreads its roots, eventually becoming trunks to support the ever spreading canopy,
 thus spreading its knowledge.  It is said that the ancient scriptures themselves are the leaves of the Banyan Tree, one of the most sacred trees of Eastern Asia.
14" x 10" x 13"
"Tree of Knowledge"
The Pipal or Bo Tree
This ficus is known as the tree of enlightenment, the Bodhi Tree. It begins life as an
Epiphyte (a plant growing on another plant but not deriving nourishment from it.) The
ideal place under the World Tree is symbolic of the perfect point of balance in the mind.
Trees such as this offer a place of peace for the mind and a place of contemplation.
16" x 10" x 10"h
"The World Tree"
Now resides on Bainbridge Island,
Thank you Laurie

The Almond Tree
A spiral or circular motion around a central being, "the trunk," the coming together of the male and female, spreads life. Among the tribes of Israel, the Almond was originally conceived as a tree of life. In ancient times, the Almond was the parent of all things on earth. The wisdom of trees is that we are traveling together through the cycle of life.
16" x 10" x 10"h
"The Tree of Life"
Maple Grove
The notion of the spiritual nature of trees is very real. Most religions began under sacred trees. The grove represents this phenomenon and is a sanctuary to all: animals, fugitives, and all living beings. The pond formed by the roots is unique and the spiritual center of the grove.
15" x 10" x 10"h
"The Sanctuary"
Pair of Cedars
The very core of this sacred tree can be translated as the house of wisdom, of strength, of abundance. The green branches are used in ceremonies to restore strength and life to the body. The word "cedar" stems from the Hebrew Qatar to "smudge," which indicates that the wood is used in purification rituals and smoke offerings.
20" x 13" x 11"h
"The Tree of Wisdom and Strength"
The Olive Tree
In the old world, the Olive was of outstanding importance. The unisexual and bisexual nature of the flowers produces the symbolism of sexually neutral. Accordingly, with this deity, the olive yields “virgin oil.” This quality makes it fit for temples and palaces. The use of Olive wood was a statement of eternal peace within the human soul. When the dove returned to Noah with an Olive Branch, it signaled a new peace for mankind.
16" x 12" x 11"h
"The Peace Tree"
The Sacred Yew
The yew has forever been the sacred foundation of the universe and a source of the spiritual search for divine knowledge. It was often planted in sacred places such as churchyards and cemeteries to counter the power of death and to give rebirth, protection, and the eternal life. These two yews welcome you to enter the forest with respect.
21" x 12" x 14"h
"Forest Pillars"
Tree at Kepuhi
This old Mesquite Tree on Molokai has a broken main trunk that re-rooted itself in the beach sand on the shore. New vertical growth began and a new sparse canopy has grown.  This ability to grow in these harsh conditions is a testament to the strength of nature.
20" x 10" x 11"h
"The Survivor"

The Canopy Series: 2012 - 2013
Weeping Willows
Carved from solid maple burl it depicts leaning trunks and sparse canopy of the Willow.
18" x 7" x 12"
Now resides in Washington D.C.
Thank you Josh
The Portal
The final (10th) tree sculpture in the series
all from the same huge maple burl.
25" x 12" x 13"
Now resides on Bainbridge Island
Thank you Cynthia
The Oak at Welbeck
Carved from solid maple burl it shows the hollowed trunk of a historic 450 year old tree, compete with bird's nest
9" x 13" x 13"
Now resides on BI
Thank you Sally and Lou.

Mesquites of Dixie Maru

22" x 9" x 12"

Red cracked earth and rugged Coastal Mesquite on the island of Molokai
Now resides on BI, Thank you Jim and Linda

Na Pali Canopy
22” x 9” x 11”
The lush canopy's of The Na Pali, on the north coast of Kauai

The Arch
16” x 7” x 10”
Derived from the sparse trees on the Savannah of the African Plains
Now on travelling exhibition in Japan

Tree Dance

15” x 7” x 13"

Inspired by an Acacia Tree growing in south Florida
Now resides in Port Angeles
Thank you Fleish and Jean

Vine Maple

15" x 8" x 11''
Celebrates the magnificient and spindly vine maples of the Olympic Peninsula
Now resides in N.J.

18" x 11" x 10"
The Classic twin trunk bonzai form growing on a bed of moss

  Trees 2008  

“The Grove”
20” x 14”h x 4 ˝”
Local NW Big Leaf Maple Burl with California Walnut base
Now resides on BI, Thank you Land Trust

“Trees, Young and Old”
21” x 14”h x 3”
Local NW Big Leaf Maple Burl with Oregon Walnut base
Now resides on Bainbridge Island

  Trees 2007  

“Tree #4”

17” x 12”h x 4”

Local NW Big Leaf Maple Burl with Mahogany base
Now resides in Kingston, WA

"Tree #5"

16” x 14”h x 5”
Maple Burl and Bubinga base
Now resides on Hood Canal

“Branch comes down, Tree grows on”
12” x 9”h x 4 ˝”
Maple Burl and Mahogany base
Now resides in Tokyo

  Trees 2006  

"Tree #1"

16"x 5 1/2"x 11"

Maple Burl and Walnut.
Now resides on Bainbridge Island
Thank you Cynthia

"Tree #2"

16"x 4 1/2"x 9"

Maple Burl and Bubinga.

Now resides on Bainbridge Island

Tree #3"

16"x 3 1/2"x 14"

Maple Burl and Bubinga.

Now resides on Bainbridge Island
Thank you Jennifer

Tree and Hedgerow"
26"x 4 1/4"x 13"

Maple Burl and Bubinga.

Now resides in Seattle

Thank you Meg and Tom