These 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.
“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.”
These 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
These 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
These 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.