This body of work encapsulates two of my interests that I never anticipated combining—archeology and woodworking. For my petroglyph series, I use the lathe to create a starting point or palette for further alteration and exploration. My goal in this body of work is to create “found objects” that evoke artifacts that might come from some remote cliff dwelling in a Southwest canyon, carrying messages from long vanished cultures. Exploring the wilderness in search of ancient petroglyphs offers a reward unlike any other pastime. The thrill of discovery never diminishes when the trail negotiates a bend and a scene crafted thousands of years ago unfolds on a boulder or canyon wall. These panels often reflect careful consideration for placement by their originators, as they seem to occupy a calculated niche in a space defined by stains or cracks in the rock. While my lathe and the size of the wood I obtain limit the scale of my work, I give thoughtful consideration to those qualities of petroglyphs that make them so special. To that end, my pieces in this series are usually three dimensional (decorated on both sides) to offer the viewer an opportunity to explore and discover nuances in each sculpture.