Work Your Wood Knots into Woodworking Art.
Wood has long been used as an artistic medium. It has been used to make sculptures and carvings for millennia. Examples include the didgeridoo carved by Australian indigenous people from local species such as the gum tree.
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The knot itself will not be physically weak, but a knot causes weakness in the surrounding wood because it disrupts the flow of the grain. The grain distorts around the knot and the deviation is the source of the weakness. The greater the distortion the greater the weakness.
A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is usually found on the trunk, at the base of the tree, and sometimes underground in the form of a rounded outgrowth. It is caused by some kind of stress, such as injury, virus, fungus, insect infestation or mold growth.
Burls result in a uniquely patterned wood art, which is highly prized for its beauty. It is valued and sought after by artists, furniture makers and sculptors. Burl wood can be found in many tree species and is used in making furniture, different types of veneer, inlays, turning wood, gun stocks, music wood, and other household items.
Other uses of wood in the arts include:
- Woodcut printmaking and engraving
- Wood can be a surface to paint on, such as in panel painting
- Many musical instruments are made mostly or entirely of wood
- Driftwood art such as sculptures are sculptures that are made of driftwood found on beaches or along riverbanks. At Kullaberg, Sweden, Lars Vilks created Nimis a driftwood artwork in the year 1980.
This sculpture and two others led to the declaration of Ladonia as an independent nation. Sculptures were created on the Emeryville, California mudflat and marsh area of San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s.
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (sometimes called the “Green Oscars”) are sculpted out of driftwood. Artist Deborah Butterfield is known for her sculptures of horses, initially rendered from driftwood before being cast in bronze.
For more than 40 years, Don Kelly has worked alone at his business, Blueberry Woodworks. Yet if this has done anything to stunt his productivity, you wouldn’t know it.
From his workshop in the hills of Plainfield, Kelly, a wood turner and carver, has produced items ranging from artisanal bowls, to balusters to miniature items used in dollhouses.
Kelly’s shop is packed full of machines, wood, finished pieces and tools that in some cases date to the 19th and early 20th century.
“The place is somewhat chaotic, I say, because it’s a wood-turning shop,” he said.
Kelly’s workshop is an old wheelwright’s shop and, like his attached home, it dates back to the late 18th century.
“I love it,” said Kelly, who said that he feels the presence of those who’ve worked in the space before him.
Kelly first moved into the home he shares with his wife in the late 1970s.
“We came here for the warm climate and the cosmopolitan atmosphere,” he joked during an interview in his shop last week.
He started his wood-turning business in 1979, initially focusing on creating bowls and sculptures. Wood turning involves taking a piece of wood and shaping it as it rotates on a lathe.
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