Additionally , the same board can be used at many angles with the grain patterns and colors managed. Both of these come into play with my pieces. If the lumber was thicker any pieces would have stability problems and I use the ability to control color and grain patterns extensively.
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The California Art Review
Raven - Aspen, Colorado
Living a full and satisfying life included an exciting array of sports. At 16, Jeffry participated on the Aspen, Colorado club racing team where he was 'A' seeded. He advanced to the top 50 in the US, moved into professional racing and competed in syncronized skiing.
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In woodworking, veneers are thinly cut pieces of lumber glued to a substrate. I cut slices of veneers to just less than 1/4", then glued to 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). This 1" thickness is easier to mill and gives the piece structure.
Pictured below is a 2" thick piece of Wenge cut into six 1/4" slices. The 3/4" MDF next to it is ready for gluing.
Montegue Gallery - San Francisco, CA
Terzian Gallery - Park City Utah
For the most part my recent work is constructed entirely of veneers.
The advantage of using veneers is primarily for stabilization. Lumber expands and contracts perpendicular to the grain. For instance, if a group of boards has a frame around them, which inhibits this movement, they will either break the frame or split themselves on a contraction cycle.. By cutting the boards into thinner veneers the movement is controlled.
Crashing at speeds as high as 80 mph resulted in spine and knee injuries so he switched to ski instructing on Aspen Mountain for 15 years. The desire for competition drew him into car racing where he participated in Formula Continental and Porche Racing Club, winning podium positions and garnering admiration for his innate 'zen', when thinking is too slow.
Both of these come into play with my pieces. If the lumber was thicker any pieces would have stability problems and I use the ability to control color and grain patterns extensively.