Russian artist Sergei Bobkov creates truly unique wood sculptures, so-life like it’s incredible. He uses wood from a Siberian tree, a type of red cedar, and soaks the chips in water for several days.
These intricate sculptures takes him about 6 months working 10 hours a day. What is even more incredible is that he was offered $17,000 for a piece and declined, saying his art is “not for sale”. Proof his work feeds his soul, not his pocket book, and we find that refreshing!
For more photos visit this gallery page.
We purchased a Chinese Pepper tree about 20+ years ago. The tree flourished and grew with the exception of some significant branches that didn’t survive this past winter; one of our many winter casualties this year. Shelley trimmed them and left along the drive way; hoping it might catch the eye of someone for removal. And someone did! However, that person, being a true wood addict, thought some use could be found. It took a week of walking past these branches before I came up with the idea of a tree bench.
This past Sunday afternoon, after “Shelley” chores J I spent an hour in my shop. I used the ‘develop-as-you-go’ design process. And one hour later, voila, my tree bench now sits outside the Flooring Gallery – Joel’s habitat. Beyond Joel, it attracts birds…………….and other assorted folk. In its natural environment, it’s the host plant for several of Japan’s indigenous swallowtail butterfly species. We see this in the garden at home throughout the summer. And the bench is quite nice to sit on!
Ove Nielsen (Jan & Lars’ Dad) is a master ship model builder. Here he shows us his M/V. Falcon Rock.
In Ove’s words:
The name of the Ship is ” M/V. Falcon Rock ” 1/2 ” scale, its about 25″ long, it is a Fisheries Patrol boat anno 1960, it is in private owner ship for the past 12 years and it is at the moment down in Cowichan Bay. It took about 400 Hrs to make, so I was burning the candle in both ends.
We got a plethora of submissions from customers showing of their work since early June. We threw in a couple of milling jobs we had done as well. Enjoy
- Matt Dolmage mdolmage(at)uvic.ca
- LeRoy Lovely ljlovely(at)telus.net
- John Briggs jbriggs(at)telus.net
Tim was kind enough to give us photos of several of his beautiful sculptures. He describes him and his art as such:
I am a self taught woodcarver living in the small, beautiful village of Sointula on an island off North Vancouver Island. My work is an expression of a my love and fascination of the coastal world around me. I take great joy in my art and in particular the constant learning. I feel as if I have been constantly learning since I started carving 29 years ago with a swiss army knife sitting on a beach while cruising the coast by kayak. I have always pursued my art as a way of making an income as a means of living in this remote part of the coast. I work primarily in yellow cedar which I can obtain locally, I also use red cedar, yew wood, maple, alder and black walnut.
View more of Doug’s work, and more information on the carvings shown here visit his profile on: northwestnativearts.net
You can find a list of all our available carving woods. Happy carving!