Growing up on a farm
I grew up on a farm w/ my 3 siblings- while the were off riding horses, I would sneak into the wood shop with farmer Al who would teach me how to use all of his power tools. My favorite piece of machinery was the band saw. I would spend everyday after high school cutting out wood shapes that I would later paint and create into art pieces.
As a young adult I was fortunate enough to interact with a group of Tramp artist from Troy NY. I was fascinated with their unique technique of cutting and layering cut out pieces of orange crates to create depth and texture.
It is a combination of these 2 techniques that I have mastered over the years, that I use for the base of my mosaic forms.
TIP: cutting out wooden shapes is harder than it looks, like anything else there is an art to it that has taken me most of my life to perfect.
Anecdote: when strange looking farmers want to be your friend- talk to them, they might have something interesting to teach you!