Work in Wood

Bamboo mosaic detail photos

Here are a few more detail photos of my latest bamboo mosaic. You can see the umber paint-glaze I applied to the bamboo strips of the background. By scratching through the glaze I’m able to control the tonal areas, making an area lighter by degrees. I’ll post the finished work soon.

Detail of bamboo mosaic in progress

This is a detail of the bamboo mosaic I’m finishing up. These small movable bamboo rings slide along flexible bamboo strands. You could see the fine angle I cut into the edges of the strands, and get a glimpse of why these mosaics are labor-of-love-intensive. Its as much about the details as anything. The background… Read more »

“Crossroads”

“Crossroads” Bamboo and Wood Mosaic 16.5″ x 16.5″ / bamboo and stained poplar I created this piece after a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place where various spiritual paths blend amid the sacred sites, missions, and pueblo villages. Symbolism and spirituality abound there in Santa Fe (“Holy Faith”), and my mosaic signifies these… Read more »

Works in Progress….

These photos show a few of the steps I take while working out compositions and techniques in bamboo. The first photo shows the bamboo strands that I rough cut for the main section of the panel. These strands are removed in sequence, then inserted into a piece of cardboard for the next step… The second… Read more »

“Ascent” awarded First Prize – Sculpture

“Ascent” Bamboo – Wood Mosaic 28.5″ x 16.5″ On Saturday, November 9, Mayor Larry Keller presided at the Opening Reception & Awards ceremony of the National Juried “Works in Wood” Exhibition at the New Hope Arts Center. As usual, this show was jam-packed with woodworkers and patrons of the arts. I was overjoyed upon hearing… Read more »

“Works in Wood 2012 – Opening Night”

There was bumper to bumper traffic on the floor at Saturday’s opening of the 2012 Works in Wood show at New Hope Arts Center! I didn’t get to see everything on display but will return to have a good look at the works, with space enough to walk around them! If you aren’t able to… Read more »

“Works in Wood 2012”

It’s that time of year again, the 2012 national Works in Wood show opens on Saturday evening, November 10! This year 48 wood-loving artists have been invited to exhibit their furniture, vessels, sculpture – and, in my case, bamboo mosaics. One of the 4 works that I’ll be exhibiting is at the top of this… Read more »

2012 American Bamboo Society – Honorable Mention Award

That’s me with broken arm pointing to the appropriate passage in my bamboo labyrinth. Photo is courtesy of my good friend, Bucks County photographer Joseph Zogorski. My bamboo works-in-progress are on hold until my radius is healed and strengthened. Consolation prize: Thrilled to report that I’ve received an Honorable Mention award by the 2012 American… Read more »

“Journey”

Bamboo labyrinth 41″ x 41″ “Journey” is the focal point of the work that I created for the September show at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. This is a bamboo labyrinth, symbolizing a life journey, with the twists and turns, trials, and hidden layers of the human experience. Labyrinths are symbolic pilgrimages, having spiritual… Read more »

“Jubilation”

“Jubilation” In this work, I wanted to show the beautiful flexibility and strength of bamboo. I used a knife to split a piece of bamboo into thin strands of varying widths. The strands had to be flexible enough to insert into two holes and bend into elegant arcs across the panel. Beginning on September 7,… Read more »