Phil succeeded in the construction business and some famous buildings in Jerome were built by Phil and his father (including RAKU Gallery). When he retired 20 years ago, he started crafting wood into beautiful pieces. Raku Gallery is proud to showcase Phil’s incredible ONE OF A KIND masterpieces. He crafts using local Arizona wood, mainly Alligator Juniper, and fills the natural gaps of the wood with turquoise.
Alligator Juniper seems to respond to the local vortexes which cause the tree to form a spiral twist within its trunk. The wood used in each piece is several hundred years of age (Exact unknown).