I’m home from vacation again. August flew by, and now I’m back in the Tomb Room, and all over town. A piece of my work has been accepted by Transformations Gallery for their current show, Doors, at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse. I made this piece for the show, out of found and new materials, and you can see it for yourself any time you stop by the Schoolhouse for a cultural event, or on Gallery Walk day, October 21st, from 1:00-5:00. I’ll be there. https://www.facebook.com/Transformations-Gallery
I will also have two pieces in Nails in the Wall Gallery, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. One is very old; I was learning about the properties and possibilities of different wood, and I was also trying to create pieces that tell a story. So I used bubinga, rosewood, and cedar to show Jonah in the Belly of the Whale. I also carved a new piece that I had wanted to do for a long time; it’s a box in the shape of the scarab, which the Egyptians took as a symbol of eternity and resurrection. It’s cut from one block of mahogany. The show will open September 11, from 2:00-5:00. https://www.stlukesmetuchen.org/exhibits.html
Over the years, I’ve become more interested in locally sourced wood. It’s hard to know whether bubinga or mahogany is being sustainably harvested (probably but not always), and rosewood is almost gone. My little piece was salvaged from a broken piece of furniture. So my sloths, still in progress, are cut from basswood, a farmed lumber. The sloths are coming along slowly…
I have also been accidentally displayed at Metuchen Library, because the main case in the lobby was empty. Every piece there is carved from species that grow in Metuchen, and harvested most of the wood myself. So drop by and see my work while you’re around town.