Works in Progress

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Owl

(sculpture in progress)

My dear friend and talented stone sculptor, Clare Esselment, has been creating powerful, creative, and meaningful stone sculptures for many years. Some are created in his studio on the shores of Lake Huron, while others have been partially created here in this studio.

The Owl has been a work in progress in Clare’s studio for many years. Each line carefully considered, the shapes modified ever so slightly to achieve the final result… A wise Owl… proud in stance… stylized… with just a bit of attitude! Carved from a single erratic granite boulder, it needs only to be polished.

Polishing sculptures that have complex lines, curves and detailed components is an art unto itself and requires specialized equipment. I have had the honour of finishing a number of Clare’s sculptures here in the studio. The Owl will now be left to my hands to finish.

Will the client want it inside, outside, on a plinth? Working with the new owner we can decide the final details before the polishing process.

Estimated completion costs for the Owl are approximately $15,000.00 to $17,000.00
Dimensions: 15″ x 23″ x 27″


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Red Magnolia

(water sculpture in progress)

I have always loved Magnolia trees, especially the buds that form in the  growing season. How spectacular would it be if the buds were red? This thought started the process for me and I started to sketch… what if it were stylized… what if it became a water sculpture… it could be carved from red granite… maybe it becomes impressionistic… what if the view from the back was deconstructed into the essence of a bud and twig… before the bud opens in the spring the first leaf bud appears, like a baby…

Maybe there are leaves, stylized as well, made of aluminium or stainless steel. They could be taller than the sculpture, thin so that they might move with the wind, perhaps three of them to give a backdrop and frame the sculpture…

And so it began… a piece of red granite from India… cutting, chipping, grinding, sketching, creating mockups. What would it take to complete? It would be wonderful to work with a client to adjust, modify, and collaborate on its final stages to create a piece unique to them.

To date creation costs are approximately $10, 700.00
Dimensions: 10″ x 13″ x 53″


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Jade Sink

(sculpture in progress)

The story goes like this:
While sitting in Vancouver airport waiting for a friend to pick me up, I started a conversation with a woman sitting next to me. After a while she asked me what I do for a living… she started to smile when I told her I was a sculptor.
“Why are you smiling?” I asked.
“You’re going to love hearing what I do!” She said. “My family owns a jade mine in the Cassiar Mountains here in British Columbia!”
That is how I came into possession of this precious block of pure Jade.

I wanted to make a sink out of it. How would I honour it in my own way? I love when things emerge out of their raw state and imagined the basin doing exactly that. What I discovered was that jade has its own language… unlike any other stone I have worked with. It took some time for me to understand what it was trying to tell me, after many burnt out diamonds blades and broken chisels, I started to learn a new language. We have been communicating very well and are quite happy working together now.

I would love to share my new language with its new owner and have a group conversation as to how the sink will be finished. Could there be some sterling cast onto the top of it… like an upside down ring? Perhaps there are some small inscriptions hand carved into the flat area beside the basin? I am looking forward to this conversation.

To date, the learning experience has a value of approximately $12,750.00
Dimensions: 14″ x 28″ x 11″


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Aqua Table

(sculpture in progress)

For many years and for a number of different projects, I have worked with Aqua Timber – a company that salvages wood that has been submerged in our lakes and rivers. I found a short piece of well “water weathered” wood at their yard that came from the Muskoka Mills building near the mouth of the Musquash River, having been submerged there for over 100 years!

Another story: Many years ago while doing a show in Toronto, I discovered that they were tearing down the Exhibition Place stadium, home to many great concerts. Digging through the rubble, I managed to salvage an amount of rebar that was within the concrete supports.

I started by working with the wood, grinding off all the ‘punky’ layers and leaving only the solid wood. What I discovered was that nature had started the carving process for me… slowly shaping the wood in the process into what you see here today. Using the salvaged rebar, I “married the two pieces of wood together,” leaving parts exposed both outside and inside the wood. I can imagine the conversation around this table when people question its components… we all love to hear stories that connect us to the past.

What will it look like when it’s finished? Will it be a coffee table? Could it be an entry unit, hanging off a wall? Perhaps it has a plate of glass on the top? I will look forward to working with its new owner and finishing the story.

Creation costs to date are approximately $7,000.00
Dimensions: 24″ x 42″ x 16″

 

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