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"Dougherty's works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look 'found' rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings."

- Linda Johnson, Curator




This page is named after a fantastic little book called "a reverence for wood" by Eric Sloane. If your into wood, you'll really enjoy this book. It is my interest in art and wood that made the circumstantial run-in with Patrick Daugherty's work (left) such a happy accident. I can't wait to experience another exhibit.

I heat my home with wood so I spend a lot of time in the woods. Working wood in this way (any way really) is a true education and inspiration, where form and function braid together like the twisted grain of Elder.

I get new projects every time I enter the woods but of the many, I am highlighting Bark Art here (right). Bark Art is a way to bring the elegance of the woods inside as a stunning piece of sculpture.

I like to harvest this particular bark from fallen Shagbark Hickories. The trick is finding trees whose bark is still structurally sound. It is one of the few trees I can positively identify in thick forest from a distance. As a living organism, the unique bark of this hickory provides a perfect roof for bats

If you have an interest in this sculpture and would like to discuss a project, use my contact page to write me. It is always harvest time so it is just a matter of keeping my eyes open for you.




Bark Art Wall Sculpture

---- Shagbark Hickory ----

Regardless of how well your dendrology skills are from year to year, you will never forget the Shagbark Hickory once you've seen it. The bark is distinctive and unmistakable.