I grew up in northern Minnesota, and when not in school, spent my time in my father's workshop or roaming the woods, learning the art of nature. These wilderness forays bred a life-long fascination with nature crafts. An engineer by profession, I express my artistic nature by combining fine woodworking and traditional basketry. The primary weaving materials in my work, birch bark and black ash splint, are gathered from the forests of northern Minnesota. I design and make the molds that serve as weaving forms for many of my baskets. As a maker of baskets and bark containers, the continuity I experience from gathering to finishing gives me a connection to my work that few modern basket makers are privileged to experience. As a woodworker, my use of wood, bark and root gives me a unique connection to the tree. My art is a personal celebration of the beauty that greets me every time I step into wilderness.