T. Breeze VerDant claims to hold a master’s degree from the prestigious University of Hard Knocks. He started his woodworking experience by building a log cabin from his own trees and rocks, hauling the logs by hand with a “come-along”. He consequently demolished buildings for building materials and built another home entirely from lumber he harvested selectively from a friend’s forest (thereby saving it from being clear-cut). Expressing ones self through house building is a tedious method of expression. It also consumes a lot of trees, which “Breeze” has an affinity for. “My mother knew where to find me at dinner time, she’d stick her head out of the door of the kitchen and yell…. upwards!”. Breeze has run power lines, studied and practiced massage and the healing arts; He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/poet and an activist for peace and the environment. Breezes aim with wood is to create and share the greatest amount of beauty while consuming the smallest amount of wood. Breeze has been practicing marquetry full time since 1988.
A large amount of wood used in these jewelry pieces is from scraps and recycled pieces. ALL of the solid exotic pieces are from the same. The veneers used are approx. 1/50″ thick; they’re sliced which means that there is no waste. One board 12″ wide by 1″thick by 10’ long would expand out to cover an area 10’ by 50’.
Breeze has been featured in the following Books:
- The Art of Making Elegant Jewelry Boxes by Tony Lydgate
- The Art of Making Wooden Jewelry by Tony Lydgate (COVER)
- The Art of Making Small Wood Boxes by Tony Lydgate
- Fine Decorative Boxes by Andrew Crawford
- Simple Marquetry by Mike Burton
- Celebrating Boxes by Peter Lloyd & Andrew Crawford
- 400 Boxes (Lark Books)
The first medium I discovered, not knowing that I had artistic abilities was slow and tedious.