:The most important wall in Po Shun's studio contains a large drawing board, on which, in two dimensions, the artist conceives and works through the development of a new piece. He draws in felt-tip marker, fluid and easy to modify, on an erasable board. Because he works life-size and standing up, his entire body is physically involved in the process of drawing. This allows him to feel the physical results of each line of the forms he sketches.

Like many woodworkers, Po Shun creates his masterpieces in a workshop no bigger than a two-car garage, augmented in good weather by a concrete apron under an overhanging roof, where the tablesaw, router table and stationary sander are kept. His spray booth is an outdoor area that includes his side of the neighbor's back fence.

:Indoors, flanking the drawing board, two tables hold work in progress, augmented as needed by two wheeled carts. One end of the studio serves as the lumberyard, where surfaced boards stand in neat rows awaiting selection. Stacks of boards and piles of burl in varying stages of air-drying take up most of the patio and real garage, which Po Shun's family car - like that of many woodworkers - has never entered.


At the other end of the studio is a maze of shelves and drawers, each holding dozens of Po Shun's distinctive architectural and geometric shapes. Scattered atop the drawers and hanging on the walls above them is the shop archive, a collection that includes early work, great ideas that somehow didn't pan out and related favorite, funny and sentimental things.

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