Most of my work featuring horses and horse-like forms are composite-built pieces. Often a finished piece receives it's start from a single suggestive branch or shattered remnant.
The larger works are often "woven,” using small humble sticks and branches to fill out the form. There are often "hero" pieces that set off the finished work, such as the curve of the neck, mane or tail. My love of apertures or empty space is greatly satisfied in building in this fashion.
Some of the finished pieces are natural wood constructs, just fastened together as expeditiously as possible. Others, especially more current work, are built up and tooled with disc grinders, fire, chisels, resins and damn near anything at hand.
Loving the pierced surface as I do, and seeing the mystery below the skin, has caused me to create layers of detail lovingly patinated in various fashions. Often a coating of gloss resin follows, to give the piece the look of being encased in amber. Much time and effort go into these pieces and the love and obsession of the work shows, I hope!