How did you get into working with wood?
My father was a builder so I grew up around wood work and various power tools.
Do you have an official qualification for what you do now?
I’ve spent time learning various carving techniques from master carvers, but I’m mostly self taught.
What inspires your creations?
I love Australian Fauna and Flora and this is a source of most of my inspirations, there really is a lot of natural beauty in this country.
What would you tell your younger self starting out on your artistic journey?
If I could give the younger me some guidance, I’d encourage me to “go for it!”, you’re not going to find a map with directions to follow, you have to create your own way, your own path.
Do you sell your work?
I’m a full time sculptor and most of my work is commissioned for private property, public spaces and schools. I also do live chainsaw and power carving demonstrations at festivals and events, have tools will travel.
What is your favourite Arbortech Tool and why?
My favourite Arbortech tools are the Mini Carver and TURBOPlane. I can use them for detailing on my larger sculptures, and they’re also great on my smaller relief carvings.
If you were a type of wood what would you be and why?
If I was a type of wood, I’d be Tallowood (Eucalyptus Microcorys) an Australian hardwood, it’s a very durable outdoor timber that lasts decades.
The sap from freshly cut Tallowood attracts native bees, they use it to build their homes.
How do you like to spend your time when you are not working with wood?
When I’m not carving wood, I’m in the surf carving the waves, spearfishing, mountain climbing and family time at the beach.