An Annotated Portfolio & Project Documentaries

About this Portfolio & Project Documentaries

Photo taken in Creighton Block Gallery, Big Sky, Montana, by Colin Mathews, gallery owner. I’m seated in a tree art armchair, at a tree art trestle table.


As a poet (“maker”), I’ve centered my daily life, for many years, around practices of creative writing, folk music, and making  tree art.  To me, the reality of poetry (“making”) far exceeds the realm of language.  The Latin phrase ars poetica applies to much more than the art of making poems (“things made”) with words.  It applies to the making of tree art as well.

This portfolio offers only a sampling of what I’ve made.  All but a half dozen of these pieces have found homes, most of them in the Rocky Mountain region, and some much farther east and west.

I decided to expand the contents of this blog to include the documenting of selected projects, relying mostly on annotated photographs.  Documenting a work-in-progress provides an informational record, but it isn’t intended instructional, in the sense of “how-to” postings.

This blog is in reverse chronological order, so the first post is at the very end, or bottom, of this portfolio. At what seems to be the end of this portfolio, click on “Older Entries” to view more postings.

I also have a blog that documents the making of a trestle plank table:  My tree art is also on display at  Email is welcome, too:

I’m surprised, daily, by the number of anonymous (and faceless) visitors who look through this portfolio.

Thanks for dropping by, Jack


2 responses

  1. Diana

    Hi am interested in one of your pieces I am not very good at the internet can you please tell me how to get prices I like the sofa table with a glass top I can’t find a price for it please e-mail me a price and demenchens
    thank you ,

    April 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  2. Teresa

    Hi. Love your poetry! I just started woodcarving and want a tool box like yours. My Grandpa was a carpenter and I like to sculpt so I thought this would be a nice connection. I have acquired some beautiful hand made carving knifes and an assortment of chisels. Would you consider making me a tool box?

    Thanks for your consideration in advance.

    Best regards,


    April 5, 2015 at 1:14 am

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