My artwork is turned to shape on a wood lathe. I use primarily domestic lumber, 90 percent of which comes from the East Coast forests. Most of the material is harvested from northern Florida, where I live, and from places I visit during art shows. The wood is all reclaimed. I am always looking for twisted, irregular grain patterns and unique growths, or burls, which provides exciting inspiration. Once turned to shape on the lathe, the rough piece is set aside to dry, which can take up to a year, depending on the size and type of wood. After a period of time, the piece is turned again to remove the rough surfaces, checks (cracks), and warped edges. Satisfied with the final shape of the piece, I then begin the sanding and finishing processes, which will bring out all the colors and patterns in the wood. The finish for each piece is brushed by hand to a high gloss.