Gary grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, and despite flunking his first woodworking class (his dad was the teacher!) he now builds heirloom furniture during the winter months and buckaroos on big desert and Montana ranches in the summer. Though he uses exotic wood from all over the world, he says of the joy of working with tangled and curvy juniper wood, his favorite, “I don’t know why I get so much pleasure out of using organic forms. It seems natural to incorporate the natural beauty of wood instead of trying to change it.” Each piece Gary creates is an individual work of art. The wood is hand selected and matched for an overall presence and hand shaped to bring out the unique characteristics of the wood.