These bowls and vases are made by Ron Fleming from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Ron Fleming is the premier carver of turned vessels and his works are in numerous collections and galleries including the White House. He was an illustrator for over 40 years and has a mechanical engineering background. Initially he was a carver – then a turner and now a full time carver of his turnings. His carving has progressed from carving vessel tops to extensive open leaf and flower carvings extending over the entire vessel surface.
“Working in wood is formidable. It is the “aliveness” of the wood that translates back to me. It has warmth and a certain life form that seems to live on. The wood guides me through each curve and depth. It tells me it’s name and before I am finished, it has let me touch it’s soul. It is a terrifying pleasure to work in wood. To impact my concepts of man upon a surface is to leave my fingerprint in time. From the mind to the hand to the form – it is personal because it is about the passion I can convey.”
More of Ron Fleming work can be seen on his website: www.hearthstonestudios.com
These amazingly detailed furniture pieces are made by Gregg Novosad from Palatine, Illinois, US.
Gregg Novosad are a self-taught master, who received his basic knowledge of woodworking as a child, watching his dad build cabinets in his garage with the simplest of tools.
He did his first marquetry in 2005. Before that, he had tried a joinery, turning, wood bending and shaping.
Gregg Novosad created his own style of decorative veneering “storylining” by using basic storytelling techniques of character, conflict, and resolution in his marquetry designs.
This, along with an infusion of wry humor, added a new dimension to his functional furniture art that could put a smile on people’s faces.
For example, he said about his “Birds of Frey” buffet:
“Birds of Frey is perhaps my coming of-age piece. The 18th century style breakfront buffet sports 21 menacing birds in eight major panels. The birds are all trying to dismantle the inlay, fraying the edges and elements. Attempting to defend the piece are inlays of my daughter, playing tug of war with one bird, my son, shooting a bird with a dart gun, and my wife and I, on the top panel doing our bit to save the inlay from the birds. In addition to the ones inlaid in the piece, four more cast, gilded birds sit atop a pierced wooden basket weave gallery, waiting their turn to attack.”
His collectors case “Ole` Boulle” is tribute to great 1700`s cabinet master Andre`-Charles Boulle.
1. You can’t move because you are waiting for an oak tree to be large enough to mill.
2. You have saplings on your property already tagged for a project.
3. You have no problem wearing a plaid shirt, dress shorts with black socks, and sandals to your favorite lumberyard but spend hours agonizing whether that cherry stain will look good on that Maple wood project.
4. You look at a cabinet door in a vacation home and say out loud, “Wow these were made with bookmatched panels!” and your sister-in-law (or anyone) asks you “why on earth do you know that” or what that even “means”.
5. People think you are in a biker gang because all your friends have nicknames like Tick, Splinter, and Scrappy.
6. You bought your wife a micro-rasp for the kitchen, secretly knowing that it would make it’s way into the shop eventually.
These portraits from wood veneers are made by Rob Milam from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.
Rob’s wooden paintings are very detailed.
He uses up to 16 different kinds of wood and up to 700 pieces, many of which are the size of a pin-head.
And most importantly, all those little pieces are hand-cut with a scroll saw.
Rob Milam said about his work:
“Marquetry is the craft of cutting and piecing together contrasting pieces of wood veneer to create an image.
I draw from my inventory of some 120 varieties of veneer to select a few that will contrast and complement each other effectively.
Veneer selection is really the most fun and challenging part of the process. I have a limited palette to work with and consequently the finished product often tells more about what the wood has to say than what I have to say.
I frequently end up with things I did not plan for and it always turns out to be a pleasant surprise.”