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The Joy of the Process

I follow the grain of the wood with the handle of my mom's old scraper in my right hand, while controlling the pressure and flow of the blade with the fingers of my left. I get a warm feeling between my shoulders and neck as the rhythm of the wood is revealed. This is when the stories begin. Together they are my calming rhythm.

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26th of July, 2017

Revealing Rhythms in Wood

Since 1974 I have built custom homes from foundation through cabinets with the belief that a2 + b2 = c2, water seeks its own level and strings don’t lie. I was bound by rules, plans and codes. I worked the wood to create straight, clean lines and smooth seamless joints. Checks, twists, knots and flaws were avoided.

Today I’m seeing:

Checks as hardships survived. Twists as paths taken to continue growing. Knots are where the tree reached out for life. Flaws are revealed as highlights and opportunities

 I am now working, not bound by rules, with wood that has been shaped by wind, water, sun and fire. Connecting and sharing, as I reveal the natural beauty hidden in found wood, is my calming rhythm.

25th of July, 2017

Heart of the West Art Show


Two of Steve’s artworks, “Shapeshifter” and “Waterstill~Mountainsigh”, were accepted to the juried Heart of the West Art Show Auction in Bozeman, MT. Both pieces will be on display at Zoot Art Gallery in Four Corners, MT (555 Zoot Enterprises Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718) for an Auction Preview Show opening June 29 and closing with a public reception attended by the artists, August 8 from 5-7 p.m.  The artwork will then move to Grantree Inn, (1325 N. 7th Ave., Bozeman), for the Heart of the West Contemporary Art Show and Auction. The show runs August 10-12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with the live auction taking place August 12 from 4 – 6 p.m., preceded by a Quick Finish event from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Art will be sold by Black and Associates Auctioneers, and all quick finish sales will benefit the Museum of the Rockies. Live and absentee bidding will be available online with the Heart of the West mobile app, through the website, and