When I am wood carving I don’t use chain saws. I use small hand-held knives. My husband Peter spent many years working as a forester which put him out in the woods almost every day. This piece of juniper was from a tree harvested by my husband up the Blackfoot river drainage near Missoula, Montana, about thirty years ago. The logs have been drying in our back shed waiting for a special use. Years later I have incorporated some of that juniper into a centerpiece for a necklace. Not all of my wood gathering is so romantic. Some wood pieces I get at the local store selling hardwood or as gifts from friends. I am using a variety of woods such as walnut, juniper, ebony and purple heart to create jewelry pieces.