Monday, March 4, 2013

Driftwood Sculpture

IMG_2754For six weeks the hubby has been attending a weekly class on driftwood sculpture taught by Tuttie Peetz at her studio near Sequim, Washington.  Tuttie is a member of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors organization established in October 2008, to share and promote the art of driftwood sculpture on the Olympic Peninsula.  She teaches an art form based on the LuRon® method, developed by Lucile Worlund of Seattle almost fifty years ago. This method is unique to the Pacific Northwest and forms the basis of driftwood sculpture techniques utilized in creating exquisite sculptures. The goal is to reveal the inner beauty of the wood. The driftwood artist sees, develops, and refines the natural shapes and designs of found wood into a work of art.

What a great hobby this has turned out to be!  There is an abundance of interesting wood shapes to be found around here, the tools are relatively inexpensive and it produces some beautiful pieces to display.  The photo shown above is Mike’s first work.  It is incredibly smooth and shiny.  The picture really does not do it justice.

Below is a before and after of Tuttie’s work, entitled “Nebula”. 


Easily transported (the tools are small), we can pick up interesting wood pieces any where we travel.  Pinion.  Mesquite.  Rosewood.   Different parts of the country have unique and beautiful trees.  The possibilities are endless. 

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