This section shows objects in my "Patterns in Nature" series. The above photograph shows several objects based on a large family of microscopic sea creatures called Radiolarians. The largest of these creatures can be just be seen as a speck with the naked eye. They have been around for at least 400 million years, so have survived large global temperature swings, giant meteoroid impacts, and massive volcanic eruptions. By comparison, we humans have barely been tested. We have only recently developed sufficient power to alter the entire planet. I believe we are being tested right now, and how we respond in the near future to this power will determine if our civilization continues to progress, or we collapse into chaos. By increasing the awareness of the wonder and preciousness of what we have inherited, I hope that at least a few more of us will push for a world that can sustain us as humans. I'm pretty sure the Radiolarians will still be around should we fail.
This body of this piece is made of holly with bloodwood accents. It is 6 inches in diameter by 10 1/2 inches high and the top screws into the body. In the fall of 2008, it won first place both in the juried competition and the people's choice in the box and container contest at the Settle Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking . It has been sold, and another similar piece is under construction.