I combine base metals, copper & brass, with wood which allows me to use colour in my work.
I hand texture the metal using the rolling mill & by hammering, I have a variety of punches to draw with on the metal surface & I file the shapes around the edges. The metal parts are soldered together & then taken through an oxidisation process.
I spend equal amount of time sawing & sanding down wooden pieces. I use layer upon layer of paint to build up the coloured surface so it looks aged & worn.
The birds & animals are presented on a wooden framework, a plinth or peeping out of their own houses.