My work is a heartfelt expression, through the hands, of a deep appreciation for the wonder of life, and the natural beauty that is wood. I work in solid wood or shop-sawn veneers, often using local woods not commercially available (such as Monterey Cypress and Madrone). Originally from North Carolina, I made my commitment to fine woodwork in 1990 by establishing Polestar Woodwork, Santa Cruz, California.
There have been two primary mentors in my journey as a designer/builder: Mokoto Imai, master temple and teahouse builder, who furthered my understanding of work as a spiritual discipline; and James Krenov, master cabinetmaker, author, and former director of College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program, who taught me how to see.
I design in a variety of unique styles including traditionally inspired California Zen and Neo Deco. Also, my current favorite—Zen Fabergé!—restrained forms using opulent materials such as Curly California Walnut (which interestingly enough is a green building product). For many years I have sourced eco-friendly timber from wind-fallen trees and urban logging, milling the wood into slabs. I use a wide range of finishes from spray-on, conversion varnish to hand-rubbed, non-petroleum based, food-grade products.
I work alone, primarily to commission, because personalized service is essential to my business. Being a process-oriented craftsperson, some of my best work has been in deep collaboration with clients—clear direction yet loose reins.
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“Om has a rare ability to conceive pieces that have a freshness about them, things a little out of the ordinary, but not contrived. I find his work to be full of warmth and charm.”