Discovering the inner beauty
Wood is tactile. it is beautiful. But it is also the history of a living organism.
The tree has a structural beauty of its own. But the wood is its inner beauty.
For me, working with wood is not imposing a preconceived idea on inert matter.
It is the discovery of the beauty which lies within. The art lies in revealing what is already there, though hidden.
A straight cut into a straight tree gives you a straight line. That is joiners timber.
A curved cut into a straight tree gives you a curved line. That is the turners joy.
But not much natural timber is naturally straight. And a curved cut into a twisted tree reveals the unknown. That's when it becomes art.