Sculptures from Italy

Posted By on January 30, 2010

Gehard DemetzThese modern sculptures from lime wood are carved by Gehard Demetz from Selva Di Val Gardena, Italy.

Some of the expressions to characterize his art:
Sick, cruel and amazingly beautiful.
Delightfully creepy!
Incredible intensity, depth and provocation of feeling.
Sad and so beautiful!

Gehard Demetz
La Galleria Lawrence Rubin

Wooden sculptures from England

Posted By on January 24, 2010

Mike PainterThese sculptures are carved by Michael Painter from Austrey, Warwickshire, England.

Michael Painter is one of Britain’s most experienced Master Carvers. He was elected as a member into the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

He has worked on Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster and many National Trust buildings.
During 1997 Michael supervised a team of carvers to work on the fire damage at Windsor Castle. His work was acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen with a personal letter of thanks and a specially commissioned medal.

Since January 2003 he is self employed.

More of his amazingly detailed carvings can be seen on his website

Fine marquetry furniture from California

Posted By on January 23, 2010

Paul SchürchThis furniture , covered with high-quality marquetry , are made by Paul Schürch from Santa Barbara, California, United States.

When he was 15, he went to Switzerland, apprenticing to become a church-organ builder.
With this knowledge, Schürch went on to learn about boat-building in the United Kingdom and marquetry in Italy, ending up back in California as a furniture maker and teacher.

For many years now he has been teaching furniture making, veneer work and marquetry.
He is dedicated to the task of passing on the knowledge he has received from the many fine teachers and masters of the trades.

On his website – Schurch Woodwork – Yuo can see much more samples of  his beautiful marquetry.

And there You can purchase his DVD-s , books and tools for such work .

Woodwork humour

Posted By on January 17, 2010

You know you’re a woodworker if/when:

1. You actually considered naming one of your children Delta or Bosch, but didn’t hesitate at all naming your dog Porter-Cable!

2. someone talks about a wireless router, you ‘correct’ them by saying, “No, that’s cordless router!”

3. cleaning out the inside of your truck requires a first step of blowing it out with an air hose (actually cleaning anything requires an air hose).

4. You insist on making a distinction between being “dusty” and “dirty”.

5. You realize you are about to sneeze and your first thought is to aim away from anything cast iron.

6. by ‘clean’ You mean less sawdusty than usual.

“Chick on Hog” by Angela Polglaze

“Chick on Hog”

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Chainsaw carvings from Australia

Posted By on January 16, 2010

These chainsaw sculptures are carved by Angela Polglaze from Yarraville, Australia .

In 1997 Angie was to pick up a chainsaw for the first time in her life for the sole purpose of making art.
She has been a full time ‘chainsaw chick’ ever since, with over 50 public art projects to her credit in the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia.
She was the inspiration behind the first female only Chainsaw Carving Competition held in WA, USA in 2003, where her image was depicted on the medal.
In 2007 Angie was a founding member of the international female carving team the ‘Chainsaw Chix’.
Angela Polglaze was the winner of the 2004 Australian National Chainsaw Carving Championships having taken second in 1999 and again in 2003.
She won a 3rd place at the hugely competitive ‘Power Carving’ competition held in Reedsport Oregon USA.
In 2006 she was the first woman to take 1st in Scotland, and the first woman to place 1st at a Masters of the Chainsaw event in the USA.

She has been a very productive during these years, more of here sculptures can be seen on here website:

Canadatotem by Angela Polglaze

Canadatotem by Angela Polglaze

Horse Dreamcatcher

Horse Dreamcatcher

Black Duck and Pig Pole

Black Duck and Pig Pole