Masks before I add the collage. They’re cut out of 1/2” Baltic Birch from Russia or Finland (by a jigsaw from Germany). I like to imagine the birch forests in the vast frozen wilderness that covers five thousand miles from Europe to within a few miles of Alaska. This is the plywood used in making Scandinavian furniture. It’s a very stable material made of nine layers of veneer, and wonderful to work with, unlike our construction plywood which tends to shred if you try to cut tight curves. It’s not easily available because we have no furniture factories here, or just about any kind of factory. I point my old pickup toward the Golden Gate Bridge and the one supplier that carries it in San Francisco. It’s surprising how much time is spent hunting and gathering stuff I need for my art. I was about to attach the eyes when I discovered that the screws that came with the knobs wouldn’t work, so it was off to the hardware again to buy 3/4” 8/32 oval head screws (8 gauge rod cut with 32 threads to the inch). I generally spend about half my time writing and half making, fixing, building or growing something. My nature is such that I need to use my hands about the same amount as my brain. - Michael Lipsey

Masks before I add the collage. They’re cut out of 1/2” Baltic Birch from Russia or Finland (by a jigsaw from Germany). I like to imagine the birch forests in the vast frozen wilderness that covers five thousand miles from Europe to within a few miles of Alaska. This is the plywood used in making Scandinavian furniture. It’s a very stable material made of nine layers of veneer, and wonderful to work with, unlike our construction plywood which tends to shred if you try to cut tight curves. It’s not easily available because we have no furniture factories here, or just about any kind of factory. I point my old pickup toward the Golden Gate Bridge and the one supplier that carries it in San Francisco. It’s surprising how much time is spent hunting and gathering stuff I need for my art. I was about to attach the eyes when I discovered that the screws that came with the knobs wouldn’t work, so it was off to the hardware again to buy 3/4” 8/32 oval head screws (8 gauge rod cut with 32 threads to the inch). I generally spend about half my time writing and half making, fixing, building or growing something. My nature is such that I need to use my hands about the same amount as my brain. - Michael Lipsey