An Ecologist’s Woodworking Adventure

As a craftsman, Ed brilliantly combines his background in ecology with his passion for creating handmade goods through woodworking. With experience as a tropical studies instructor and a job position to travel around the world, he collects wood from other countries and fashions them into creative woodworks.  Ed’s creative process helps connect nature and art as he works with different woods to craft unique pieces. As an innovative and meditative process using materials not many people work with regularly, Ed’s diverse array of wood products allows him to focus on the design of his craft, in which no two pieces are the same.

Ed’s background with field-based research and problem solving inspires him when trying to troubleshoot the different difficulties arising through the woodworking process, much like how he adapts and solves real world problems. As a field ecologist, Ed develops strong observation skills allowing him to closely define the differences between objects in his studies and contributing these into his crafting process. The uniqueness of his craft is the result of a rare gift exhibiting versatility and talent.

Ed uses observational skills in his woodworking craft to create the pens, with inverse natural woods from Costa Rica, Guyana and Suriname, like the one pictured below. The picture features a pen sitting in a snake; the bottom half is acrylic and the top half is wood designed with a blend of mixed dyed woods, accented with Pewter in the metal connecting both ends and making up the pocket clip.  Although his pens are unique, they are only the beginning of how Ed combines his skills from his field work with his woodworking craft.

Being involved in a unique craft, like woodworking, creates a certain aesthetically meriting reaction of genuine intrigue and appreciation from others for his special gift. Ed’s woodworking has impacted his community by allowing him to share his gift with others and in turn, he enjoys the delighted reactions received from those handmade pieces. The picture above is a gift Ed was inspired to give to his wife for their anniversary, a cutting board set handmade from a few of the woods he has collected on his adventures.  The cutting board itself is made out of Paduka wood and the yellow strip is Yellow Heart wood, both from Suriname. Ed has described his work and the importance of it as: “a creative process to take natural items and create into functional pieces. By focusing on the process, all the stresses of life disappear.” The combination of woodworking, a passion for science, and a drive to impact others has allowed Ed to thrive as a lifelong learner and craftsman through his adventures.


Fall 2017

Torie Tracy


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