Hillsborough Gallery of Arts welcomes two new members, Ian Herdell and Pete Rodrigues. Both are woodworkers that create unique furniture and wall art.
Most of my work is made from solid North American hardwoods, although I also use shop cut veneers on some projects. I love to create furniture and art with tangible functionality and down to earth beauty. I am inspired by the beauty and structure of forms found in nature and I try to bring some small piece of that into my designs. I find that each tree has a story to tell, a snapshot into its unique life. My designs incorporate and harness the knots, splits, rot, spalting, special grain and sculpting done by insects, wind and weather. At times I also highlight these “imperfections” with inlaid shells and stone to bring more attention to them. This approach combined with exceptional craftsmanship allows me to create timeless, beautiful work for any space.
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For me creating furniture as an art form is a process of visualizing what is possible, designing, building, and then letting it be used as function, as much as form. Over the years, I have continued to grow in this process. In some ways it has been more of a personal growth, rather than professional. I see us all like a piece of wood with our own cracks, twist, bows and rough cut edges. However, when put into the hands of the master craftsman, the wood can be turned into something beautiful.
Along the way I picked up a quote from the late furniture maker, Sam Maloof.
“Too often we who design things take all credit for what we do and if we have any kind of success we become very smug and conceited about it. I think all one has to do is look at a beautiful flower, a tree, or whatever, and realize what we do is very insignificant. We are only the instruments who make these beautiful objects.”
It has taken me a while to realize, it’s a lot easier being the instrument, then the master craftsmen!
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