Steve’s artistic process is a labor of love. He first searches for and then selects trees of distinct character. Taking the green wood, Steve begins by using the same painstaking manual techniques that Native Americans did, utilizing such tools as a hand adz, chisel and scorp to shape the wood. “I don’t go out and find a piece of wood that fits the bowl I want to make. I select a beautiful piece of wood and discover what kind of bowl it wants to become.” This “free form art” brings artist and wood together to create timeless, unique works of beauty. Once carving is complete, a delicate curing process begins. The wood’s sap is extracted over a three to five week period and is replaced by the loving application of natural mineral oil several times a day. When the bowl has been stabilized, a protective coat of bee’s wax is applied and hand buffed. Needless to say, Steve enjoys using his hands and expressing himself by creating modern works of art that personify a rich American heritage.