Rustic Cocoon is my one-man shop where I handcraft custom woodworking using 35+ years of experience. I welcome you into my gallery and hope you enjoy my work.
As a woodworker, artisan and carpenter, I've built spiral and standard stairs, custom mill-work, fireplace mantels, kitchen cabinets, custom cabinets, tables, chairs, displays, lamps, cribs, toys, bent willow furniture and an 8 inch Dobsonian telescope. I like the challenges involved in designing, figuring out the construction process and building whatever requests my clients present to me. My favorite place is in my shop working on a new project, with classical music playing in the background.
A couple of years ago, I built a residential set of spiral stairs made of walnut and red oak. To help me determine my construction process, components scale to each other and any problems I might run into, I built a 1/8-scale model to work from. I had so much fun with this model that I had to try my hand at a set in miniature 1/12-scale. This led me to developing a complete set of construction fixtures and jigs, along with my miniature model construction techniques, so that I could duplicate them whenever requested. Since then, Iíve started offering them to the miniatures market and as architectural sculptures.
I believe these miniature models of architectural standards add a touch of class to any room, decor or art collection. They represent something that many of us would like to have in our homes, but donít have the need, the space or financial capability, as custom spiral stairs can be expensive.
Within their design can be found principles rooted in art, mathematics, biology, Feng Shui and much more. Simply put, theyíre beautiful to look at. As a unique addition to your art collection, they are great conversation starters. The majority of art collections donít contain any architectural models and I hope I can help in starting a trend to end this lack.
I have been a fan of spiral stairs since I was a child. I found them fascinating, they looked fun, waiting for me to climb and explore. Their shape is more interesting, more organic than straight stairs, as if theyíre growing right out of the floor. Iíve built many sets of stairs over the years, with the majority of them being standard straight stairs and yes, many were indeed beautiful and artistic, but even these seemed a little bland compared to spiral stairs or helical stairs, as they should be called.
In addition to my miniature stair sculptures, I'm working on my rustic and contemporary Cocoon Lamps, which I hope to add to this site in the near future.
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