These pieces pay homage to beading designs of American Indians. Although the pieces look beaded, this is an illusion created from a painstaking process. The process begins by turning a piece of wood into a certain shape, usually an open vessel or platter. I then turn 1/8” beaded shapes horizontally around the piece from top to bottom. Next, without any tear out, I divide the piece into 144 vertical segments. Depending on the size of the piece, these lines can result in over 10,000 small areas resembling beads. To enhance the beading effect I burn the vertical and horizontal groves. Next I design a pattern and use Copic Cieo pens to fill in the colored areas. The finish coat is a UV resistant clear coat to protect the colors over time. Though protected, these pieces should not be kept in direct sunlight.