Alexander Grabovetskiy was born in July 1973 in Dimitrovgrad Russia.
Currently his woodworking / woodcarving shop is located in Waxhaw , North Carolina , US .
Alexander got his first wood carving lessons when he was only six years old from his grandfather.
This brief mentoring in an old workshop was the beginning of a life-long career of wood carving.
When he was sixteen, hes works impressed certified carver Vladimir Tokarev sufficient to make Alexander his apprentice.
He was arrested and sent to prison by the Soviet Federal government due to his Christian faith and refusal to enter the Red Army .
He was freed from prison in age 21.
Alexander immigrated as a political refugee to the United states in 1996.
Alexander Grabovetskiy is a winner of IWCOTY 2012 ( International Woodcarver of the Year 2012 ) by woodworkersinstitute.com .
Alexander did not sand his winning piece as he believes that tool marks make a masterpiece. “It is the same as brush marks on canvas in fine art,” he says.
About his passion Alexander Grabovetskiy said:
” I am Wood Carver and I am in love with wood carving: the beautiful waltz of steel and wood , the slice of the carving edge, smells and sounds.”
“ Carvings made by machines are available but cannot offer the same quality you will find in our carving. Machine made work shows the limitations of a spinning router blade and lacks any sharp, intricate detail.
Each piece from our workshop is individually hand made.”
More wood carvings by Alexander Grabovetskiy can be seen on his website: www.aalmarkllc.com
These marquetry/intarzia art pieces are created by Manuela Cuccu from Marche region near Sardegna, Italy.
Manuela Cuccu does not have an art education, she is a self-taught woodworker.
Both Manuela’s parents are artists, mother is a painter and father is a well-known restorer of antique furniture in Italy.
Watching father’s work she learned the technique of inlay and used it to create beautiful fantasy pictures.
In her pictures Manuela uses both natural and chemically stained wood.
Her picture “Lilium” is so far the largest and measurement are 115x80cm.
About picture “Light and shadows” she said: “Inspired by the eternal struggle between good and evil, the representation of how the good wins over evil is like a flower against a sword or like sometimes a wave of light can destroy something strong from the shadows.”
And about “Leave Out All the Rest”: “I sometimes feel that the world is upside down for me, I’m different …”
Manuela Cuccu’s motto is “Lilium Inter spinae” (The lily among thorns).
In about five years that she has been engaged in this art-form ( and become quite proficient in this ) she has created approximately 30 paintings and had two successful exhibitions.
These furniture pieces are designed and made by Judson Beaumont from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Judson Beaumont was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1960.
Judson studied art in Vancouver BC at Capilano College and graduated from the 3-D department of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1985.
He sed about time in art school: “I never did art classes as a child, it wasn’t until graduating high school that I started to look into it as a profession. Art School taught me that I could come up with my own ideas instead of building off of established designs. I looked at what was out there, and I started to bend it and twist it and shape it. A person must dare to drift away from the tired and true in order to give a piece energy and interest. Be influenced and inspired by the norm, and then challenge it, change it, melt it, stretch it, alter it for the better.”
In 1985 he founded Straight Line Designs Inc., creating one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that almost always lean towards the whimsical and unusual .
The majority of Straight Lines work is commercial and includes store fixtures, trade show booths, commercial and movie props, and play areas for childrens hospitals.
But the company also builds custom pieces for private residences. Judson Beaumont: “I found a lot of adults who don’t want to grow up either. They like to have fun stuff, too.”
These wonderful pictures in style of marquetry are done by Alan Townsend from Chelmsford, United Kingdom.
After leaving school Alan Townsend started work at a piano making factory and after about a year and a half he was given the opportunity to help out in the veneer shop as a trainee veneer preparer.
Alan says about himself in that time: “ It was there that I saw my first piece of marquetry being made by the old guy who eventually showed me the basics of veneer preparing. Having seen his attempts at a very simple picture I decided if I could not do better then maybe I should change my trade!!! After several attempts my very simple pictures, completed during lunch and tea breaks, became quite popular among fellow workers. I started making about one a week and selling at ten shillings each (That shows my age). Chessboards, cribbage boards soon followed and even a fire screen with a kingfisher on it laid with Scotch glue and pressure applied with a toolbox! ”
Alan Townsend founded the “Chelmsford Marquetry Group”. From an initial group of six people in Alan’s front room a Committee was formed and the Group was started in 1984.