The very first Tree Goblet sculpture I made was for a “Goblet Show” at the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking in Seattle WA in the 1980’s. After that I continued to explore the Tree Goblet theme with different types of trees. Trees with multiple trunks, trees with birds, trees with leaves,…and then a tree with a nest, that has a bird sitting on an embroidery of baby birds hatched underneath it! Also at this time I became aware that every tree flowers in some way, so, tiny little flowers in the branches turned and carved from colorful exotic hardwoods.
The Tree Goblet that is in the Shannon/ Serr Collection, and in the current Exhibit, On the Nature of Wisconsin, at the Warehouse was turned, cut, and carved from the trunk of an Ash tree. You can see the bark, and count the rings. There is some irony in making a tree back into a tree.