Rick has lived in Monument, Colorado for nearly 35 years. Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin he migrated west in the late 70’s using his engineering degree and traveling with several construction companies. Having settled in Colorado in the early 80’s after living in several other western states and with a passion for wood working he renovated and added onto his home where he currently resides. The interest in wood working started in the younger days observing his father who himself was a master custom wood worker in Wisconsin.
After the years of renovations and additions to the home were completed, larger creative wood sculptural pieces for the yard became the interest. Such pieces like Spike, Ying Yang and others still are on display in his yard. Last year the piece titled “Aperture” was featured in the Tri Lakes Views 2017-18 map. Ying Yang and Aperture are both featured in the Tri Lakes Views 2018-19 map. Rick still makes sculpture pieces; however, about 7 years ago he took an interest in working on the wood lathe.
Rick starting making functional bowls and most recently started adding lids and gem stones to the pieces. He continues to also make functional pieces, but now the interest has changed again to exotic and non–local woods. Making an annual trip each year to Arizona and connecting with local tree trimming companies has kept Rick well supplied with a good selection of many different woods. Having now turned nearly 30 different types of wood, the pleasure comes from unwrapping the bark and letting Mother Nature show what is hiding under the skin of what looks like a simple old log. He will look at a log sometimes for months before he is finally ready to see what the soul will look like. The tooling and the shapes just become part of that process to expose the soul of the log. Adding the lids, inlays, and gems just adds to the bling/beauty that is already exposed after the piece is turned. The pleasure of turning each piece and completing the entire work of art is like bonding two souls to create a new personality and a new friendship.