Dennis says: Recently, I found out that my mom was an Ikebana master. Ikebana is the Japanese fine art of flower arranging. I wanted to combine my woodworking skills with my heritage, so I came up with "Uniquebana", custom Ikebana containers. Each piece is hand carved from American or International exotic hardwoods. I often incorporate the "live edge" on the piece. Each one is then coated with a tung oil finish and sprayed with an earth-friendly, clear, water based lacquer. Then, I polish the lacquer to a glass-like finish. (You know, the type when you run your fingers over it, chills go down your spine.)
A metal or ceramic water container is countersunk into the piece then a "kinsen" or flower pin frog is placed into the container. These pins hold up the plant life, as each angle and position has significant spiritual meaning in formal Ikebana.