There was a wooden plank that sat at the edge of the bay in along the water where i visited. I loved the way that it looked, and I just wanted to save it from the elements. The water was damaging it slowly and so was the weather, so I finally go it moved, even though it wasn’t easy, and was able to nurture it until it took the shape of a whale. Not exactly like a whale, but roughly the same shape, and it has purpose, it gets used as a table.
- In a small Alaskan village, I found a wide, graceful piece of wood that I always coveted.
- Inspired by George Nakashima, I worked the wood as a way of finding the tree’s soul.
- The plank has become a table with folding legs, shaped like a whale.
“The tree had been bent, probably by a heavy snow load, and the inside curve of the wood was rippled, framing complex figuring that resulted from the stress of that deformation.”