When Booker was working as an engineer/consultant, he took up woodturning as a hobby. While seeking a way to differentiate his work, he saw the art of Andy Goldsworthy, the great British natural artist. Goldsworthy had stitched together a canvas of real leaves and in the center had skeletonized a circle of leaves. Booker was struck by the beautiful patterns the leaf veins made – “ a fragile beauty that is normally hidden and transient, like that of a snowflake or a spider web.” Booker was intrigued by the application of this technique to his carving .

After much experimentation, Booker has developed an etching process to expose the fine vein structure of leaves. He also found that people had much more interest in the leaves than his turnings and Booker is now pursuing his craft on a full-time basis.


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