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Category Archives: Wood

tony fredricksson’s driftwood sculptures

South Africa’s Tony Fredricksson creates driftwood sculptures unlike any I have seen before.       fredricksson_ballerina

The Ballerina

In an interview with Alison Nicholls (Art Inspired by Africa) Fredricksson tells of his earliest memories making art –  creating his own little world of plasticine figures. fredricksson_elephant_head

 Elephant Head


Yellow Billed Hornbill

As an adult he enjoyed successful endeavors in commercial art, printing and eventually resin castings of animal sculptures (almost 7,000 hand-painted, limited edition sculptures) before he began making driftwood sculptures seven years ago.


I kinda love the whimsical photos of the artist with his work. . .I know you can see the pig, but did you realize that the sax is one of his sculptures too?


“What I have found to be a rewarding part of this kind of sculpture is the exploration and discovery of the weathered pieces of wood.”


Because who wouldn’t want to hug a rhino?

Tony Fredricksson’s website

Read more about his journey in the full interview here.

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sally lundburg’s digitally manipulated landscapes

As part of her studio practice Sally Lundburg gleans information from survival manuals, science and forestry. Lundburg combines the information with stories she collects through imagery and text to “explore notions of identity, liminality and social dynamics.”


Space Invader



“I’m fascinated by the idea of a richly layered ecosystem where humans and nature collide, intertwine, adapt, and hybridize. While there might be a “survival of the fittest” within a given species, each species depends on the services provided by others to ensure survival.”




 Epiphytes and Invasives

The Hawaii based artist digitally manipulates landscapes with portraits she creates using archival inkjet photographs and native Hawaiian koa wood. In one collection, Epiphytes and Invasives, she punctured milled logs with pine woodworking plugs, upholstery pins or rusty fencing stakes.  

Materials used for this series include koa logs, archival inket prints, habotai silk, epoxy resin, pigment, enamel paint, fencing stakes, pine woodworking plugs, nylon rope, upholstery pins, cotton thread, dried ma’o hau hele flowers. Sizes range from 16″ to 60″ high.


Space Invader

Haunting. Thought provoking. A reason to pause and reflect.

Sally Lundburg’s website

scott roach’s assemblage sculptures

California sculptor Scott Roach creates wood and metal assemblages with rich textures, colors and shapes that beg to be viewed closer, closer still.


18″H x 65″W x 2″D
carved and painted mahogany

Roach carves, burns, hammers, colors, and sands the surfaces of each piece until he achieves the desired patterns, colors and textures on the wood and metal.


20″H x36″W x 3″D

“The challenge is to come up with a piece that invites the hand and the eye to enjoy the experience, and the mind to smile. And, like a desert canyon, to invite you to explore the hidden beauty within.” Scott Roach


Taking root
48″H x 22″W x 4″D
walnut carved and torched, figured cottonwood, poplar
carved and bronze coated, steel, patinaed copper


 Spectral Morning
48″H x 8″W x 3″D
mahogany, padouk, torched ash,
carved and painted maple, patinaed copper 


Spectral Morning, detail

He surrenders to the random nature of some of the processes involved, like the chemical reaction of patina on metal.


Eye of the wind
30″H x 60″W x 3″D
padouk, maple, mahogany, bubinga, bamboo, patinaed brass


36″H x 28″W x 2″D
ipe, maple, wenge, bubinga, curly maple, bamboo,
patinaed brass, perforated aluminum

Every now and then I come across large-scale wall sculpture that makes me do a double take because in my mind I have translated the sculpture into jewelry – usually brooches. I see the potential for small-scale here. Do you?

Scott Roach’s website

paul kaptein: the endless possibilities of sunyata

Paul Kaptein’s sculptures, complete with empty spaces, gave me pause. When I first saw the images I didn’t know anything about the artist. I knew the emotion those empty spaces called up in me, but could there be another reason for them?


laminated, hand carved wood 

Reading his About page brought things into focus. I’m in a particular state of mind lately. . .grieving for more than one reason. When I saw the sculptures, the holes resonated with the empty places in me, representing loss.


the feeling of no feeling
laminated hand carved wood, life size


The Archivist
laminated, hand carved wood 

Then I read what Kaptein wrote on the About page of his website. I sat straight up in my chair. My perspective changed and my heavy heart felt lighter, if only for a moment. . .but still.


laminated, hand carved wood 

Kaptein speaks of sunyata, a Sanskrit word translated into English as emptiness. However, in Buddhist teachings emptiness carries a different meaning than the one most often associated with it. Oh, yes.


and in the endless pauses there came a sound
laminated, hand carved wood

The simplest explanation I found for sunyata was this: “The reason for the Buddhist teaching of emptiness is to loosen all attachments to views, stories and assumptions, leaving the mind empty of all greed, anger, and delusion; therefore empty of suffering of stress, anxiety, frustration and unsatisfactoriness.” (source)


Contours Of Emptiness

The last sentence of Paul Kaptein’s short statement helped to shift something in me:

 “Often considered a void, Sunyata offers endless possibility.”

Powerful. Read his very short, succinct statement here.

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