Our Western culture is one of commodity. That which is not within this circle of trade and indulgence is trash. I see memory and value in wood and in the origin of the material. With this in mind I render my Regalia of The Protectors, without completely removing their physical identity. A tactile memory, the bark, is left upon the piece giving one a visual connection to the original source it embodies. I am creating a direct physical element for the wearer that is about one’s personal connection to the environment.