My main focus is on using materials from the Northwest including cedar bark, wild cherry bark, kelp, driftwood, and other plant materials such as day-lilies, philodendron and crocus. The gathering and processing of my materials is a large part of my work, and it can represent as much as 25% of the time spent creating each piece.
One of my primary materials is the cambium layer of cedar bark. After being pulled from a tree that is scheduled to be cut, the cambium must be separated from the outer layer then cut and coiled, and allowed to dry and shrink. Before use, it must be soaked until it becomes just soft and pliable, it is then cut it into strips using leather crafting tools. Finally, I will thin the bark into the desired thickness for the particular piece that I am creating.