Holly Berry

The new year brought the early return of the robins (Erithacus rubecula), who swarmed our holly trees and stripped them of berries over the past week. The birds seem to prefer this variegated variety, which I have not yet been able to identify. The berries are very bright red and mildly fragrant, and I’m experimenting […]

Ideal States of Comfort

I was reading Ulla Maaria’s recent column “Renting is the New Buying” where she referredĀ  to a survey she had made among students about what ‘luxury’ meant to them. The results helped to reinforce her larger point regarding assumptions we make about what constitutes well-being, “Instead of associating luxury with money or any imaginable form […]

Lightning Tree House at Mildred’s Lane

Beach Lake, Pennsylvania NOW AVAILABLE: Rare archival footage of the construction of Lightning House 2001. Click here for details. I am continuing with the theme of revisiting old projects as a way to reflect on my current trajectory, see old friends, and make new discoveries. This past fall I traveled to upstate Pennsylvania to assess […]

Bulrush of the Estuary

I’d like to make a chair whose materials all come from within walking distance of where it is made. We live in West Sonoma County, California, on the Salmon Creek watershed. Ideally, I’d like to find a market within this bio-region as well, including the surrounding watersheds of Tomales Bay and the Russian River for […]