I began by designing and constructing rudimentary boxes from common woods available at the local home centers. Boxes taught me so much about design (I have worked from other peoples' designs, adding some bit of my own interpretation), species interaction, joinery, wood movement, and, above all, finishing. The finish chosen can make or break a piece of Art. I largely steer away from stains and (yuck!) paints. It's the inherent nature of the bit of timber I'm working with that I strive to accentuate. I do this through the use of various oils and waxes. But, mostly, it's in the elbow grease. Always, the Elbow Grease. I often polish a piece to such an extent that the only thing needed is Bees Wax, and that only to protect the finish. Someone always asks, "What's it for?" "What are you gonna put in it?" The answer, in advance to you, my beloved visitor, is, "Nothing. It's for selling to you. It's your business, thereafter, what, if anything, goes 'in it'."
Thanks for coming in. Look around. You'll see Boxes I've made that await a new home and boxes that have already been sold. See a design. Take a fancy to it. Say to yourself, "That's nice. I'd really, really like to have something like that to give my Spouse, Child, Self, Favorite Uncle." Go to the Contact Page and tell me what you want. I will give your request my rapt and obsessive attention. (It's a sickness - I love Wood.)
Artistic Turnings can be many Things. From Ornamental Table Decorations, to Candy Bowls, to Lidded Boxes . (Woodsmithery is the Sport for the Easily Distracted.) From the Mundane to the Sublime, the Lathe is a Font of Creativity. Thanks for visiting my little store. If you see something you must have, but you think I think too much of it, make me a reasonable offer. I don't bite. Also, if you see something you really like, and would like me to make one for you, use the Contact Page. I'm at your service. Be sure to visit the other Collections. There's an eccentric variety of Things to be seen at Mark The Woodsmith.
Come back soon. And bring a friend (WHAT?).
Things made by my hands, using Knives, Chisels, Files, Rasps, and such Instruments requiring a deftness of touch and a strong imagination, or, a suspension of imagination - sometimes, a piece of Wood dictates to me what will come of it, and the the fun of it is being receptive to the Wood's suggestions.
Carving, more than most other fields of Woodsmithery, is a journey of a thousand forks in the road, with many, many learning curves. Come along, won't you?
Outdoor Furniture, mainly. Made to Order, mainly. I'm not, nor do I claim to be, a Furniture Maker - that's a whole field of Woodsmithery that, generally, requires more space than I have available to me. That said, I have designed and constructed some real nice Things that fit into the Category. This will change, though, as my skills evolve over time. Stay tuned...
Miniature Furniture, on the other hand, is something that doesn't take a whole lot of space. You'll find herein some examples. (They are, also, if you will, Useful Art.
Lidded Boxes are, generally, strictly Decorative Objects (though, I could see someone using one to hide a surprise - a Trojan Horse, as it were - like giving the Lidded Box as a gift to my Beloved and putting an Engagement Ring inside.) If I had a Beloved, that's what I might do.
These Things - the long, narrow ones - are fun to make. It involves putting a Rectangular piece of Wood on the Lathe and carefully manipulating Sharp Steel presenting it in such a way as to not have the Thing explode in one's face. So, they're a little bit dangerous. But, oh, the outcome, when one succeeds.
These Small Vessels can be Requested in any number of Variants, as regards Size, Style, Wood Species and Appearance, etc. Prices Vary, but are really quite reasonable. These are mainly of a Decorative Nature (Knickknacks?), though some can be used as Toothpick Holders, I suppose, if you insist that Art be useful. I do make Specific Things that are intended to be Decorative Toothpick Holders, also. You'll find some of those on the Site. These are all Objets de Arte,
Thank you for coming in. Look around. Say hello - it's lonesome in my Little Store. And, if you see something you really, really like and want, and you don't think it's worth what I think it's worth, remember that the least qualified person on the planet when it comes to assessing the value of a Piece of Art is the Artiste. Fell Free to Make me a Reasonable Offer, if that's the case. I'm also more than open to the suggestion that I may be Underpricing my work.
Here, you'll find several items completed all or mostly on the lathe. Items decorative and items useful. Most are both decorative and useful, if you insist that art must be useful. (When someone asks me, "What's it for?", my general response is to inquire thusly: "Say, I'm Botticelli. I've just painted 'Venus Emerging'. You want to know if I'm going to use it to serve drinks? Maybe as a TV tray?" Nay. Nay!, methinks. Or, "It's Art. You know what Art is, right?") Okay. I feel better now. On with the show.
Enjoy your visit. And, if you see something you really like, and want, and the price seems a little much, Feel free to make an offer. Not to put too fine a point on it, the last person who is qualified to assess the value of a piece of Art is the Artiste. So, while I love my work, I'm in the business of selling the Things I create. And, sell I must, for I must eat.
A Bowl can be defined as any number of Things. Generally, I guess, most people think of a Bowl as something to put things in (Fruit Bowls; Candy Bowls; Salad Bowls; Key Bowls (see: Coin/Key Boats in Artistic Turnings), etc. Sometimes, however, a Bowl is nothing more or less than a Decorative Objet de Arte. These are some of the Truest Art, in my opinion. Read the Description of the Large Peach Bowl to understand my meaning. (I do try not to overwhelm you, my Beloved Visitor, with Words).
Sometimes, a Bowl breaks in some way while I'm turning it. Typically, I think, It's still a stunning piece of wood. So, yes, you will find herein some Broken Objets de Arte. My justification is, "Venus has no arms". "The Sphynx is one of the most photographed things on Earth.
Thanks for coming in. Visit awhile. Say Hello. My little Store is a lonesome place. Look around. And, if you see something you really, really like and want, but it seems a bit pricey, make me a Reasonable offer. I'm also very open to the suggestion, where appropriate, that I'm Underpricing something. That said, a Piece of Art is worth what the Buyer thinks it's worth. The Artiste is the least-qualified assessor of his Art's value.
I know. Weird, innit? Some people say, "What's it for?" "What are you gonna do with it?" I'm an Artist. (Other people have said so.) Was Rodin's The Thinker intended to be a door stop, or, maybe, a paper weight?
I freely concede that, sometimes - not always intentionally - a Work of Art can be Useful. Hence, my offering of this Collection of Useful Art. This includes, but is not limited to things such as Bowls, Boxes, Yard Art, Kitchen Things, Frames, etc.. All Decorative, to be sure. But sometimes, expressly intended to serve some purpose beyond just standing there looking pretty, a station in life that I myself sometimes find a little less than fulfilling.
Thanks for coming in to my little Store. Stay a spell and use the Contact Form to place an Order for some Custom bit of Handmade Art. Even if you insist that it be Useful Art.