I have embarked on this project to share what I experience from the ocean and mountains. Enjoy these reclaimed wood carvings from some of my favorite scenes
Last summer I had the privilege to spend some time at the infamous Camp 4 with a good friend of mine who works for the Yosemite NPS Search and Rescue division. After 4 days of climbs, hikes, swims, and campfire connections, I realized that I could not not incorporate this special place into my art project. The result is this "The Valley" piece in the Yosemite series.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike." - John Muir.
36" x 2" x 2"
Medium: Reclaimed Mango
16" x 14" x 2"
This piece was inspired from some time spent in Camp 4 with a good friend of mine who works for the Yosemite NPS Search and Rescue division. After 4 days of climbs, hikes, swims, and campfire connections, I realized that I could not not incorporate this special place into my art project. The result is this Half Dome piece in the Yosemite series. The Mango slab was sourced from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, CA
Relcaimed redwood from a commercial wine kask. Sourced from Sonoma, CA.
59" x 12" x 2"
Medium: Reclaimed Pine
40" x 12" x 2.5"
This piece, the first of the "Adrift" series, was sourced from Heritage Salvage up in Petaluma, CA
Medium: Reclaimed Redwood
17" x 10" x 2.5"
The inspiration for this piece came from Ocean Beach, San Francisco. This particular beach is infamously known for its capacity to hold up to 25-foot surf without jeopardizing the quality of the waves that break along its sandbars. Regardless of of whether one spends much time in the water or not, the Ocean commands attention and deserves reverence, especially during the rare moments of perfection. This piece of reclaimed redwood was sourced from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, CA. I chose "A - Frame" as the title to bring out the sub-culture that is surfing. Ask any wandering wave rider and they will know what you mean when you say, "Yeewww, look at that A - frame!" But for the rest of society, the simple definition is a wave that is breaking in both directions, offering the ultimate dilemma: "Which way do I go?"
28" x 12" x 2.5"
Here we have two pieces of reclaimed wood from the Anheuser-Busch Brew House, constructed between 1891 and 1892 (Hence the name, "Brewery Right"). I stumbled upon a few of these old chunks of wood while exploring Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, CA (by far one of the most eccentric salvage yards to date). The oceans are continuously blessed with beautiful, peeling pulsates of energy that are equally beautiful when admired from afar, or from within. This piece reminds me of that ever-elusive, "Perfect Right".
24" x 10" x 2"
Reclaimed piece of mango. The contours on the top, once the outer shell of the fruit tree - SOLD
Medium: Reclaimed Driftwood from Ocean Beach, SF
25" x 10" x 2"
Ice cold blocks for fingers. Walking back from a session at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. This sand saturated chunk of wood catches my eye. It then became this piece. The knot in the center, serendipitously placed to emulate a setting sun over the Pacific.
Medium: Reclaimed Live Oak
12" x 12" x 2"
This piece is the second of a Yosemite series. I found this piece while walking around my grandfather's friend's property in Sonoma, California. A roughly 400 year old Live Oak had suffered disease and fallen during one of last winter's storms - I left the bark as an outline, which resembles a cumulus cloudland developing in the high sierra and draws attention to the face of Half Dome
42" x 15" x 2"
This piece was also found while walking around my grandfather's friend's property in Sonoma, California. I love the rusted out nail-holes that harken back to some long lost project that my grandfather, Dee, may have worked on.