Robert creates decorative boxes, turned bowls and furniture from both locally sourced and exotic woods.
He designs and builds boxes in the Craftsman style, influenced by designs from the California arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. The work of Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene has been a major influence on his designs. His boxes feature figured veneer and hand carved panels.
His bowls are turned from local woods including oak, sycamore, manzanita and walnut. He has adapted the ancient Japanese technique of kintsugi to emphasize defects such as knots and splits by filling them with powdered metal inlay. This permits the use of wood that might otherwise be discarded.
He lives in North Auburn with his wife Susan, a pastel artist.