DECEMBER 2011: This piece came to me in quite a sudden burst of inspiration one fall afternoon, when a large raven flew right past my window. Coincidentally, I had been reading a book about the natural history of ravens and was marveled by their cleverness. I rushed out to my studio and as luck would have it I found the perfect metal piece for a raven’s beak. (This is a “tooth” from a cutting bar from a farm mowing machine.) Then I found the tire jack that was the perfect scale for the body of the raven, with the beak as the starting point. The foundation pieces for the wings are cut lawnmower blades. The tail is a chainsaw blade. As with all my other sculptures, once I get the core “quintessential” metal pieces, the rest just seems to effortlessly put itself together.