For centuries, wood carving has been both a scultural and decorative art. In furniture making, it can animate a surface, or provide a functional element to a piece. There are the classic designs — the carved leaves and berries, sea shells, and flowers — intended to suggest the dynamics of Nature. At the other end of the spectrum is the highly stylized form known as “chip carving.” And somewhere in between are the more abstract forms, like the relief details originating with master furniture designers Charles and Henry Greene, two early 20th century architects from Pasadena, California. The following are some of my own carvings.