Wood Curves

We’ve looked at the art of wood carving before, but here we want to focus on work that goes with the grain, revealing the unique surfaces and shapes of natural wood.

• For her Return to Limitless series, Cha Jong-Rye sanded countless layers of wood to create sculptures that resemble slightly wrinkled fabric.

• Ben Butler’s Furrow, made of rippling layers of cedar, looks like the sandstone canyons of the Southwest.

• Yukio Hashimoto’s Cups are a simple and elegant example of magewappa, the Japanese technique of creating curved objects by bending cedar in hot water.

• Jerry Smith’s Cherry Burl Bowl reveals a colossal array of lines, crevices, and unexpected edges. His Black Walnut Bowl contrasts the orderly lines of the wood with a spalted edge that looks like splattered paint.

• Arthur Kemelman’s Bracelet has streaks of blue lapis inlaid seamlessly into olive wood.

• Gill Benzion’s Ring works with the subtle gradations of orange and brown within orange heart wood.

• Monk and Honey’s Coffee Table recreates the silhouette of California in pine based plywood.

• Emily Tatum’s Bookends are cross-sections of reclaimed Pecan wood, polished to show the unique patterns of each one.

• DTE’s Ring has peridot gems scattered across its walnut burl surface.

• Julian Laffin’s Bracelet is a thin yet strong and flexible curve of tiger-striped bubinga wood.