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What is it about amazing wood that makes us stare?

by Zach LaPerriere February 02, 2018 0 Comments

 

For me: when I see hundreds of years of growth in my hands I’m just blown away by the beauty, history, and adaptive growth of an ancient tree.

Is there a finer artist than Nature?

For a while, I’ve wanted to present pure wood as wall art.  Just to give amazing ancient trees their rightful place as outstanding art.

So to make a long story very short: that’s what I’ve done.

I’m releasing a new line of wood art meant to be hung on the wall.

Spalted red alder from old growth Alaskan wood

I don’t even have a name for these yet…for now called domes—which is not to be confused with geodesic domes!  

Hang one of these on the wall at eye level and people love to look at the fine details.  They sometimes ask to take them down and handle them.

Because these are brand new and I’m just releasing a handful, I’m offering them for Valentine’s Day at reduced pricing.

Sustainably harvest Alaskan old-growth spalted alder

So how to hang these on the wall?  Easy.  I cut a groove that runs completely around the inside perimeter of the dome.  All you need to do is drive a small nail or screw into the wall. 

This isn't easy to show in a photo, but here goes.  And for reference, a quick -and-dirty diagram of how that looks.  This is a cut-away profile view:

 

The perimeter groove (where you hang the dome from a nail) presents an interesting opportunity: you determine what is up and down.  To put this another way: YOU determine how the grain is oriented.

When I shape these domes I have my own idea of what is balanced in the grain and when to stop removing material.  That’s as close as I come to having a paintbrush—deciding what to remove, what to leave, how that affects the overall profile, shape, and balance of grain and feature.

My only advice on hanging a dome: whatever looks best to you.  You can always turn your dome and try something different.  My own preference is to run the grain either straight up and down (plumb) or horizontal, but that’s not an absolute rule.

So that’s about it on spalted domes.  Go check them out over on the main part of my website and let me know what you think.

Here’s the link:

Newest Collection of Wood Domes for Your Wall

Other News

In other news: I’m moving into some great galleries this year, including a top online gallery that I can’t name yet.  This means I’m working hard to build up my inventory.  I won’t be putting a lot of work on my website because it’s a lot of extra effort: photos, editing, uploading, write-up, pricing and such.

So if there’s something you’d like and don’t see on my website: email or message me and we can take things from there.  I may well have the perfect thing in stock.  And if I don’t, I enjoy custom commissions.  Commissions don’t cost anything extra and there is never an obligation to buy what I make because I can always sell the work through my other channels.

Last order of business: the bowl giveaway! 

I always do my best to make this unique.

This is a mountain ash bowl that was finish-turned when green.  The finish is straight from the tool—no sandpaper.  It has a rustic feel, with no oil.  Two small trunks grew together, and that’s the bark edge on the side is the intersection between these trunks.

UPDATE:  The giveaway is over...but you'll be automatically entered forever when you sign-up for my newsletter.  There's a link at the bottom of the page.

 

Again, check out the domes.  Let me know if the concept is clear to you and please let me know what you think.

Just click this link to open the gallery of new work.

Feel free to leave a comment below, on social media, or write me a quick email.

Cheers,
Zach

Zach LaPerriere
Zach LaPerriere



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