The urge to create combines with a reverence for musical instruments, and the desire to preserve whatever life remains in the parts and pieces of an instrument. As a professional musician and a master technician in the repair of brass and woodwind instruments, I have spent much of my life devoted to extending their lives. Now, when the parts and pieces or whole instruments are no longer in a state that makes sense to repair them, I find myself giving them a new life in a form that celebrates their previous existence, saving them from being discarded completely. My goal is to animate the inanimate.The materials I use begin as auditory stimulants and at the end of their musical life, I transform them into visual stimulants, sometimes real, sometimes fantasy. I try to emulate the grace and meticulous attention to detail that craftsmen from our past exhibited throughout their work. Pride of excellence in our manufacturing is sadly becoming the exception rather than the rule.