Turned vessel from Australia

Posted By on May 26, 2010

Jack de VosThese turned and sculptured wooden vessels are made by Jack de Vos from Wungong, Western Australia.

He was born in Holland and migrated, with his family, to Australia when he was ten years old.
Since then, he lived in the Perth area, Western Australia.
In 1993 he took up wood-turning full time.

Today woodturning is still his passion and he is constantly developing new techniques, designs and ideas, which he readily shares through his popular demonstrations, teaching sessions and seminars both locally and overseas.

Artist’s statement:

“I have an acute awareness that the wood, and the trees it comes from, as well as the talent one has to craft fine pieces, are God given. In my artistic pieces I aim to reflect my appreciation for the majestic beauty of God’s creation, as a result most of my artistic pieces are inspired by nature.”

More of his works can be seen on his website:  jackdevos.com

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Turned bowl from gimlet burl by Jack de Vos

Netsuke from Switzerland

Posted By on May 23, 2010

Cornel SchneiderThese netsuke (miniature sculptures) are carved by Cornel Schneider from Kleinlützel, Switzerland.

He was born in 1964 (the year of the Dragon). He began to cut netsuke late autumn 1995, immediately after a visit to an art show, where he saw the antique netsuke.
He said: “I remember that moment very well, I was struck by small miracles that I saw! Then I realized that netsuke can be the beginning of my independent creative life. The first designs were approximate to the Japanese style, until I realized that I was going on about my perception. I see myself in harmony with nature, but I know that I always lose …. Nature is perfect.
Now, I fully belongs to the world of netsuke, this is my main occupation other than raising children and further reconstruction of the old house where I live with my family.”

His most favorite material is boxwood , in addition, he also uses other varieties of wood, Amber, Tagua nut, acrylglas, mother of pearl and ivory.
More of his works can be seen on his website:  www.cornelschneider.ch

Wooden toy’s from Japan

Posted By on May 20, 2010

Nakagawa TakeshiThese toy’s are made by Nakagawa Takeshi (中川岳) from Yoshida, Nakano City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Nakagawa Takeshi started his wooden toy manufacturing in 2001.
Since that time he has participated in many exhibitions all over the world and have won many awards.

Nakagawa Takeshi said about his work:
” When I think of ‘future’, I cannot help thinking of ‘past’ at the same time. Trees take long time (tens and hundreds years) to grow and show us their beauty (the product of their past). I think that I have responsibilities as a craftsman and an artist of breathing new life into these trees. I have a job to link 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future through my work. This is my values toward my work. ”
His toy’s are crafted from four types of wood: walnut, teak, white ash and keyaki (a Japanese tree of the genus Zelkova).

More of his work and the production process can be seen on his website:
take-g.com

Woodwork humour

Posted By on May 19, 2010

You know you’re a woodworker if/when:

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1. Your wife’s garden trellises are made out of curly maple, cherry, ash, and walnut.

2. The aforementioned trellises are joined with lap joints and Titebond 3 .

3. You have at least 40 jars of stain with clients names on them, because you never know when a repair will be needed, and the recipe changed.

4. You decide that even with the high gas prices of over $3.25 that a pickup truck would be more economical because you can haul more wood than your car. (saves you on gas running back and forth).

5. You have a debate over the “tool budget” because you have to pay the “power bill budget”…

6. You build a jig to make another jig.




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Sculpted furniture from USA

Posted By on May 16, 2010

Tom DeadyThese sculpted tables are made by Tom Deady from Sun City, Arizona, USA.

Tom Deady has been an artist all his life, He began as a painter.
He became a full time woodworker in the mid-1970s and He built himself a studio in 1983.
Tom Deady is co-owner of NW Fine Woodworking cooperative.
He retired in 2004.

He prefers to work with koa and mango hardwoods from Hawaiian tree farms.
The techniques of steam bending, laminating, and hand sculpting combine to create the flowing lines that distinguish his furniture.

His work can be ordered and purchase here: www.nwfinewoodworking.com