Al has been busy creating some great new sculptures this summer. He has found inspiration viewing the Wyoming wildlife, and just has the bug to create.
These little owls are on their way to the 2015 Mountain Oyster club show in Tucson. Although we have never actually been to this show, we like it. They always have high quality art, and the people are fabulous to work with.
Meet Screech and Scratch.
These cute little guys are only 8″ tall, so they are extremely affordable. They can be purchased as a pair, or individually. But why would you want to break up such a cute pair?
How I got started in the custom furniture business – Blast from the past
How I got started in the custom furniture business
Once I started designing a few pieces and realizing there was a big market for them, things got very hectic. Not only was I still running my successful custom cabinet business, I had to make time to develop and build new furniture pieces. This meant long days, weekends and many hours spent at the shop.
The use of juniper and oak logs was a great way to get a lot of character, as well as a rustic style that I liked. We spent many days wandering the desert looking for the right logs that would make a great piece. At this time, my sister Teresa and my two sons Kalib, and Kade began to join in. Helping to design and build. This was around 1998.
As we developed our own style we wanted to stand apart from every other log furniture builder out there so we started adding more carvings to our designs. Like the carved tracks I mentioned before. We carved and applied leaves, rocks, pine cones and whatever we could come up with.
As I was carving one day, and had my reference books out on the bench, I thought to myself, I need to carve those books. The next day, that’s just what I did. These started to be carved accessory pieces we would attach to different pieces.
Trying to create unique pieces, we started to combine traditional styles with barn wood. To add another element of art, I had a fellow artist paint different scenes on the old textured wood.
Here is another design with a painted buffalo scene.
There was always the drive to push the envelop on design, and to me there were no boundaries.
Watch for my next post, to see how I pushed the envelope of design.
Anyone that knows me well has watched different projects I designed come to life. From a stack of wood, or a block of clay, something always seems to evolve.
I have been creating and designing some sort of art all my life I remember as a very young child being in the wood shop with my father and grandfather cutting shaping and sanding some sort of project. Over the years things have evolved from basic woodworking to furniture, then adding carvings to the furniture. But there was always the need and drive to push the envelope, to do something different. The artist side of me was always yearning to come out, and that is when I started to sculpt. This drive pushes me to this day to never stop learning, designing and creating. My new artistic addiction is oil painting, when will it ever stop, Never!
I have documented many of these projects over the years and will be sharing them with you here on “Blast From The Past
The first evolution of breaking out of the box, of making a square box and putting on a square door, was to start using natural elements such as logs and applying carvings.
When the addition of carvings started, this would take me down a road to a wonderful, creative world.
The animal track carving idea was a popular detail I still use on new projects.
As you can see the importance of good photography was not been high on the priority list.
I will be (trying) to do a post once a week of past work. I hope you will follow along.
Al has finished up the three pieces he has been working on. I showed some pictures in the last post of what he was working on, and now they are done.
These first two pieces are carved from solid walnut. The walnut is so beautiful. The grain, and the colors in the wood are fabulous. The finish really brings that out. This first one has 3 finches sitting on a branch, with the piece shaped like a vase.
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