Erik was inspired and first shown the basics by an accomplished woodworker at the Portland Saturday Market, Uli Kirchler. He came to Uli with the idea to sculpt burl wood with stone inlays into the likeness of natural, geometric minerals. The idea soon evolved as a body of work using wood as the medium and incorporating a traditional lapidary approach to form and polishing. The result is a line of classic cabochon jewelry and sculpture pieces shaped like natural mineral geometries & gem cuts; all made from Pacific Northwest burl woods.
In 2008 Erik joined the Portland Saturday Market, where he first met Uli and the other vendors, who helped show him the ropes and develop as an artist entrepreneur. In 2015 Aerin Gum joined the team and is currently the lead production assistant & sales person. Together they create this body of work in South East Portland with a mission to use a majority of gleaned materials, with scrap wood and stone from the artist community. They sell their work every weekend at the Portland Saturday Market & at regional art shows during the Summer months.