Mixed-media sculptures from Canada

Posted By on June 13, 2010

Jamie BrickThese sculptures are made by Jamie Brick from Perth Road Village, Ontario, Canada.

Jamie started with wood carving but now sculpts in mixed media.
He works from life-casts and incorporates elements of nature, such as drift wood and old cedar roots, into his sculptures to create truly unique and beautiful work.

Carefully crafted, slightly disconcerting and whimsically comical Artist’s Statement from his website:

“Abandoned as an infant, Jamie Brick was taken in and raised by a pack of wild medieval rabbits. This unusual upbringing reflects in this artist’s eyes as he sculpts, stone, wood and mixed media into creatures from a world that lies just left of centre. ”
“My work reflects a didactic ascension into a downward spiral, metamorphasizing into a translucent solid of good vs evil and my fear of abandonment.”

More of  artworks by Jamie Brick can be seen here :   www.jamiebrick.com/galleries
And here You can listen to an interview with Jamie Brick by Laura Hollick.

Period furniture from Tennessee

Posted By on June 6, 2010

Alfred SharpThese museum quality custom furniture pieces are made by Alfred Sharp from Woodbury, Tennessee, USA.

Alfred Sharp is The recipient of the 2008 Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furnituremakers  (SAPFM) .

He have done both furniture and architectural work for The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s home, for the Tennessee State Capitol building, and for every governor of Tennessee since 1984.

Alfred Sharp have said:
“One of the things I have loved about this activity, and what kept it alive for me, is that there is no end to what you can learn, and no upper limit to the skills you can develop. In theory, you could continue to progress in your skills through several lifetimes.”

More of  his beautiful work  can be seen on his website :   www.alfredsharp.com

Chainsaw carvings from United Kingdom

Posted By on June 2, 2010

Simon O'Rourke

“Lancelot & Guinevere” by Simon O'Rourke (click to see full size)

These sculptures are carved with chainsaw and hand tools by Simon O’Rourke from Rosset, Wrexham, North Wales, UK.

Simon O’Rourke has a degree with honors in Illustration; specializing in children’s books.
Before starting his own business in 2005, he worked as tree surgeon for Acorn ArborCare.
Simon O’Rourke have participated in lots of carving events and competitions across the globe.

His work is a mixture of life studies and works of fantasy. He aims to give each piece he creates a narrative, and he loves the fact that something beautiful can be produced using this potentially violent and destructive machine.

More of his work can be seen on his website:  www.tree-carving.co.uk

And pictures of making process of sculpture “Lancelot & Guinevere” ( which won third place, & 1 / 2 Carver’s Choice award in 2009-06 Chetwynd, BC Canada) can be seen here: pkmichaels.com/Gallery2/

Woodwork humour

Posted By on May 31, 2010

You know you’re a woodworker if/when:

1. You are reading this because the police have told about the noise ordinance you violated by running saws between midight and 6 am . The other choice would be spending the rest of the night in jail where nothing is made of wood.

wooden car2. You can name more types of wood than state capitals.

3. You have purchased lumber by the pound.

4. Your kitchen floor acts as a work surface for gluing up the larger projects.

5. You finish your wife’s birthday present 4 weeks early and had to give it to her since you were so excited about 1. finishing it early, and 2. how cool it looks.

6. You have used your wedding ring to mark a curve.

7. You see the Wood Spirit, Jesus, Allah or whatever other religious icon you believe in in a piece of wood and hang it on the wall, or try to E-Bay it, kind of like a cheese sandwich.





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Marquetry, “paintings in wood” from Germany

Posted By on May 30, 2010

Michael GaideThese marquetry masterpieces are made by Michael Gaide from Osnabrück, Germany.

Michael Gaide was born 06.03.1953 in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany.
Since 1997 he is a self-taught freelance artisan.

His virtuoso handling of plywood have been admired by visitors on many exhibitions and fairs all over the world.
His works show a very different theme worlds, which are to explore ideas from Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Surrealism. In addition, there are landscape, forest, and Asian bamboo motifs, which may take part as door formats.
In 2004 he was invited to Paris to take part in the ” Journées Internationales de marquetry contemporaine “.
More of his works can be seen on his website : www.michaelgaide.de

renewable longings by Michael Gaide

"Renewable Longings" by Michael Gaide.jpg

Unfortunately, I didn’t found more good quality photos of his work, so if anyone knows where to find them, please tell me.