Lions and Tigers and Dragons, oh my!  All manner of creatures, from furry to feathered, scaled to smooth – fact, fiction and fantasy.  There may be some pets in the mix, as they are fauna as well – if you wish to see only a selection of pet portraits, please direct your attention to that gallery.

Creature art to me is fascinating in its variety.  There will be a number of styles below – cute simple owls and foxes, complex insects, stylized birds and dragons, and waaaay down at the bottom the wedding favors that started this whole woodworking endeavor.


“…Is Another Dragon’s Treasure” 2018. Reclaimed oak, acacia, ipe, osage. New yellowheart, chechen, chakta viga, birch. Gold-tone chain with wire-wrapped metal-dusted quartz. Done for an exhibit showcasing Recycled Art.


Friend In The Dark 2018. Birch, Beech, Zebra, Walnut, Padauk, Bloodwood, Red Zebra, Yellowheart, Canary, Aspen, Maple, Ipe, Chechen, Chakta Viga, Eucalyptus, Lacewood, Cedar, Wenge, etc. Done for a collaboration between Northern Plains Dance, and the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative. Text reads “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – by Hellen Keller.

Stonefly Larva

Stonefly Larva intarsia, 2017. Blue pine, alder, beech, walnut, wedge, black palm, yellow heart, canary, ebony.

Give A Hoot 2

“Give A Hoot” owl intarsia 2017. Maple, Acacia, Cocobolo, Butternut, Mahogany, Chechen, Sindora Burl, Walnut, Eucalyptus, Yellowheart, Ebony

Give A Hoot

“Give A Hoot” owl intarsia 2017. 2.5 x 3″ – Mahogany, Ash, Goncalo Alves, Mango, Thuya Burl, Lyptus, Yellowheart, and Ebony.


Caribou loom counter, 2017. 4″ – Birch burl, Thuya burl, Walnut, Poplar. A brass peg is used in the holes to keep count while working on a loom. 4-point pip system.


Eastern Wood Whelp intarsia – mix & match woods. Aspen, Ebony, Chechen, Mahogany, Alder, Sindora Burl. 2016.


Western Wood Whelp intarsia – mix & match woods. Aspen, Ebony, Spalted Maple, Teak, Jatoba, Cocobolo. 2016.


Spaniel Pet Memorial. 2016. Ebony, Wenge, Black Limba, Aspen, Birch, Blue Pine, Chechen.


Velociraptor intarsia, 2016. 10.5″ x 6.5″, 58 pieces. Aspen, Maple, Cherry, Jatoba.


Barn Owl intarsia, 2016. 7.5″ x 9.5″ 76 pieces. Aspen, Birch, Alder, Spalted Maple, Zebrawood, Olivewod, Chakta Viga, Orangewood, Black Limba, Ebony, Canarywood, Mahogany

Rusty Dog

Pet memorial – Rudy.  2016.  10×10″, 60 pieces.  Aspen, Ash, Red Oak, Myrtle, Black Limba, Canary, Wenge, Ebony, Hickory, Osage, Box Elder, Spalted Maple


Grey Maiden. 2016. (Character © Paizo) 126 pieces, 10.75″ x 6″ Aspen, Blue Pine, Black Limba, Padauk, Bloodwood, Camatillo, Chakta Viga, Walnut, Ebony, Shedua.

Wolf red

Red Wolf intarsia, 2016. 50 pieces, 6.8″w x 8.6″h Mahogany, Cherry, Spalted Maple, Walnut, Cocobolo, Hickory, Marblewood, Mango, Bocote, Gaboon & Macassar Ebony, Olivewood, and Yellowheart.

Pet - Alex

Pet memorial – Alex.  2016.  Aspen, Birch, Walnut, Bloodwood, Padauk, Tulipwood, Lyptus, Poplar, Mango, and Ebony.


Sakura Tiger intarsia. 2016. 131 pieces, 7.5″ x 7″ Yellowheart, Orangewood, Chakta Viga, Lyptus, Maple, Aspen, Birch, Walnut, Wenge, Cherry, Tulipwood, Ebony, Macacauba, Bloodwood, and Goncalo Alves.


Pet memorial. Freya, the barking cat. 56 pieces 5″ x 5.5″ Maple, Bocote, Aspen, Poplar, Cherry, Lyptus, Birch, Shedua, Cedar, Ebony, Wenge.


Wedding Favor – Ebens (Giraffe & Turtle).  2016.  Mayan Walnut, Zebrawood, Blue Pine, Ash, Chakta Viga, Shedua, Chechen, Cherry, Walnut, Ebony, Bubinga, Jatoba, Canarywood, European Beech, Spalted Maple, Black Limba, Mahogany, Lyptus



Wedding Favor – Gould (Cheshire Cat & Unicorn).  2014.  Aspen, Birch, Alder, Ebony, Wenge, Cedar, Tulipwood, Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Yellowheart, Mahogany, and Cocobolo.


Walleye. 2012. 57 pieces, 14″ wide Lacewood, Jatoba, Bubinga, Aspen, Cherry, Cocobolo, Black Limba, and Walnut.

Loon - Custom for Nifer

Loon.  2012.  29 pieces, Wenge, Ebony, Padauk, Ash, Blue Pine, Zebraweood

Dolphin - Custom for Nifer

Dolphins.  2012.  16 pieces, Walnut, Cherry, Poplar


Pet portrait – Cricket, the Havanese. 80 pieces, 5″ x 5″ Ash, Aspen, Padouk, Black Limba, Spalted Maple, Wenge, Ebony, Bloodwood, Birch, Cherry, Walnut, Chechen, Blue Pine, Alder


Killdeer. 2012. 70 pieces. Lacewood, Shedua, Wenge, Maple, Beech, Birch, Padouk, Ebony, Bocote, Walnut, and Chakte Viga.


Chickadee-three; three-piece wall hanging, friendship style (three individual pieces make up a whole image). 2012. Left 25 pieces, Center 19 pieces, Right 25 pieces, ~18 x 11″ Birch, Aspen, Walnut, Bocote, Wenge, Cherry, Maple

dragonflypolarbearWedding Favor – Delzer (Dragonflies & Polar Bear).  2011.  Cocobolo, Lacewood, Purpleheart, Aspen, Maple, Cherry, Bloodwood, Ebony, and Goncalo Alves.  Amethyst and Ivory accents.  

spiritdoveWedding Favor – Gould (Spirit Dove).  2011.  Cocobolo, Cherry, Poplar, and Bloodwood.  

dragonpandaWedding Favor – Dragon.  2011.  Kingwood, Purpleheart, Birch, Cocobolo, Bloodwood, Bubinga, Maple, Oak, Goncalo Alves, Walnut, Zebrawood, and Ebony.  Chrysoprase and Ivory accents.
Wedding Favor – Panda.  Curly Maple, Ebony, Zebrawood, Walnut, Cherry, Birch, Oak, Cherry, Cocobolo, and Goncalo Alves.  Sapphire and Ivory accents.

ramplatypusWedding Favor – Utecht (Ram & Platypus).  2011.  Walnut, Maple, Zebrawood, Cocobolo, Goncalo Alves, Aspen, and Bocote.  Ivory accents.

dragonelephantWedding Favor – Barnes (Elephant & Dragon).  2011.  Cherry, Oak, Maple, Bubinga, Jatoba, Cocobolo, Walnut, and Bloodwood.  Ivory accents.

swaneaglecrowWedding Favor – Burbeck (Swan/Crone, Eagle/Mother, Crow/Maiden).  2011.  Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Purpleheart, Ebony, and Bloodwood.