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1101 Northeast Stinson Boulevard
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My art practice is within the tradition and discipline of making images in cast metal. This tradition combines magic, ritual, practice, performance, and art. Research with fire is the play that enables me to master the transformation of materials: the transmutation of space into form and form into space. In molds I make elegant holes and then fill them with liquid metal. By the fire, both the art and the artist are refined, tempered, and transformed. My work derives its inspiration from such diverse interests as canoeing and fishing in the wilderness, Native American culture, Asian culture, and the history of spiritual practice. From my travels in Asia and my life long study of Native American culture comes the knowledge that material and artist are spiritually connected and that the working methodology is in a harmonious relationship to the artistic and conceptual content. This practice has convinced me that making precedes theory and that the process of making significantly informs content and meaning. Thus my research practice includes investigating the various indigenous and historical traditions of metal casting and metalworking. My work in metals has been a fifty-year quest… the more you know, the more there is to know.

 

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“BWCAW Landscape 10”

Cast Bronze, Wood; 10L x 6.5W x 9.5H; 2020

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“BWCAW Landscape 11 [Maymaygwisheway Paddler]”

Cast Zinc, Cast Bronze, Stone, Raw Steel Bloom, Fishskin; 2020

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“BWCAW Landscape 2 [Wave Runner]”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Stone, Wood, Fishskin; 9L x 6W x 6H, 2020

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“BWCAW Landscape 5 [Star Canoe]”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Copper, Fishskin; 23L x 6W x 9.5H; 2020

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“BWCAW Landscape 5 [Transforming Shaman in Canoe]”

Cast Bronze, Tamahagane Steel, Fishskin, Glass, Copper, Copper Sulphate; 13L x 6.5W x 6H; 2020

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“BWCAW Wilderness Vessel”

Sogata Cast Iron, Cast Bronze, Tamahagane Steel; 8L x W x 9H; 1990,

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“Flat Trivet with Rocker Turtle”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron; 6L x 5W x1.25H; 2020

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“Sogata Vessel with Copper Flame”

Sogata Cast Bronze, Copper; 8L x 6W x 11H; 1995

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“Three Turtles”

Cast Iron, Lft to Rt: 3.75L x 2.75W x 1H, 3L x 2.5W x .75H, and 3.5L x 3W x .75H; 2019

$65 per each; All three: $175

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“Turtle Stack with Trivet “

Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless Steel, Wootz Steel, Stone, Magnet; 10L x 8W x 8.5H; 2020

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“BWCAW Landscape 4 [Cache #3 Revision]”

Cast Zinc, Cast Iron, Cast Bronze, Stone, Tamahagane Steel, Fishskin; 12L x 9W x 9H; 2020

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“BWCAW Landscape 9 [The Origin of Myth 2]”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Wootz Steel; 7.5L x 6W x 8.5H; 2020;

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“Cache #3 Series”[Lidded Vessel]”

Cast Bronze; 11L x 10W x 7H; 1980

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“Class Three Rapids II”,

Cast Bronze, Stone, Wood; 8L x 7W x 6H; 2018

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“Double Pictograph Paddle”

Cast Bronze, Fishskin; 12L x 2W x .5H; 2020

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“Fat Turtle with Trivet”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, 8.5L x 6.5W x 8H, 2011

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“Granite River Memory”

Cast Iron, Stone; 6.5W x 47L x 5.5H; 2000

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“In the Chute”

Cast Bronze, Tama-hagane Steel; Fishskin, Birchbark; 5W x 18L x 9H, 2013

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“Picto Turtle 1 Paddle” [lft] and “Picto Turtle Paddle 2” [Rt]

 

Cast Iron [lft];  Cast Bronze [rt]; each 12L x 2W x .25H; 2019

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“Picto Turtle Relief-1’ [lft], “Picto Turtle Relief-2” [mid], “Picto Turtle Relief-3 [rt],

Cast Bronze; each 6.75L x 5.5W x .5H;1990

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“Rocker Turtle with BWCAW Stone”

Cast Iron, Stone; 5.5L x 4W x 1.5 H, 2018

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“Rocker Turtle with Lingham-1”

Cast Iron, Stone; 6L x 6W x 2.5 H, 2018

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“Rocker Turtle with Lingham-2”

Cast Iron, Stone; 6.5L x 5W x 3 H, 2018

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“Rocker Turtle with Lingham-3″

Cast Iron, Stone; 6.5L x 5W x 3 H,

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“Rocker Turtle with Stele”

Cast Iron, Stone; 5.5L x 4.5W x 4H; 2018

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“Sea Turtle with Big Lingham”

Cast Iron, Stone; 5.5L x 5W x 4.5H; 2020

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“Sea Turtle with Picto”

Cast Iron; 5.25L x 4.5W x 1.5H; 2018

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“Shaman Paddler”

Sogata Cast Iron, Wootz Steel Bloom, Cast Bronze; L7  x 7W  x 9.5H; 2017

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“Shaman Wave Paddler”

Cast Bronze, Lead, Marble; 5L x 3.5W x 5H; 2018

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“Small Male Turtle”

Cast Iron; 2.5L x 1.5W x 1H; 2019

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“Small Standing Turtle”

Cast Iron; 3L x 2.25W x 2.5H; 2018

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“Sogata Vessel with Shaman and Canoe”

Sogata Cast Bronze, Cast Bronze, Wootz Steel, Fishskin; 10L x 9.5W x 9H; 2020

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“Sogata Vessel with Shamanistic Landscape and Tall n”

Cast Bronze, Wood, Stone, Coral; 8L x  8W x 16H; 2020

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“Sogata Vessel with Trivet”

Sogata Cast Bronze, Cast Iron; 8L x 6W x 9H; 1995

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“Solo at the Top of the World;

Cast Iron, Marble; 6L x 5W x 6.75H; 2017

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“Standing Turtle with Lingham”

Cast Iron, Stone; 5.5 L x 4W x 3H, 2018

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“Three Small Rocker Turtles”

Cast Iron, each 2L x 1.5W x 1H; 2019

$45 per each; all three: $120

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“Totem Stack 1”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Wootz Steel; 8L x 6W x 6.5H; 2000

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“Turtle on Picto Paddle”

Cast Iron, Fishskin; 12L x 2W x .75H; 2020

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“Turtle Stack 3 with Trivet”

Cast Bronze, Wootz Steel, Cast Iron; 5.5L x 4W x 5H; 2016

 

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“Turtle Stack with Trivet 1”

Cast Bronze, Wootz Steel; 7.5L x 6.5W x 7H, 2016

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“Turtle with Steel Bloom”

Cast Iron, Wootz Steel; 6L x 4W x 3.5H

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“Turtle with Tamahagane”

Cast Iron, Raw High Carbon Steel; 5L x 4W x 3H; 2018

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“Two Turtle Picto Paddle” [lft] and “BWCAW Memory Picto Paddle” [rt]

Cast Bronze; 12L x 2W x .25H; 2019

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“Upstream”

Cast Bronze, Tama-hagane Steel, 2014, 10H x 10 L x 6 W; 2012

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“Wilderness Vessel II”

Sogata Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Wootz Steel; 6L x 6W x6H; 2014

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“Woodland Caribou Provincial Park Memory”

Cast Bronze, Sheet Bronze, Marble; 16L x 4W x 5H, 2019

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”Origin of Myth III”

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Steel; 16L x 14W 1 x 17H; 2020

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”Shaman’s Greetings“

Cast Bronze, Cast Iron, Stone, Copper, Tama-hagane Steel Bloom, Fish Skin;  8 L x 8 W x 10H; 2018

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Standing Turtle” with “Flat Turtle”,

Cast Bronze; 3L x 1.75W x 2H, 2019 and 6.5L x 5.5W x .5H, 2008;

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