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Life in a Teacup: A Tiny Home Memoir

Life in a Teacup: A Tiny Home Memoir

May 13, 2022

Do you recall the first place that felt like home, once you left your parents? For me it was a Lilliputian cabin in my mid-20’s, after several uninspiring apartments. I lived in that stucco cabin for a year. Smaller than most bedrooms at 7’ x 14’—all of 98 sq. feet—the ceiling was so low that tall visitors […]

Cantilevered, Ancient Vine Maple on a Board—

Cantilevered, Ancient Vine Maple on a Board—

May 6, 2022

Here’s a project long in the dreaming—a Vine Maple on a metal / slab support. I’ve enjoyed cantilevered forms for their suggestion of precariousness. Which nature has in abundance. The tree was collected from the Oregon Cascades in 2020. It’s an old thing, with a rotted base that’s seen many trunks die back and new […]

The Crataegus Garden by Drone-

The Crataegus Garden by Drone-

April 29, 2022

When Bonsai Empire shot a new online educational course here this spring, we used a drone to film the garden. I’d never seen it from that vantage. The third clip on this video arrested me—from high up, the garden layout is exactly as I’d sketched it 13 years ago, in pencil, on an 8 x […]