Northwest driftwood sculpture and the LuRon Method can be attributed directly to the efforts of Lucile Worlund. She was the remarkable person who had the foresight, ingenuity, determination, the energy and leadership to develop a method that became an art form.
Driftwood used artistically is not unique to the Pacific Northwest of Washington State. People all over the world are intrigued with driftwood and make use of it in various ways. What is unique is the fact that Lucile Worlund developed and named a method and set basic guidelines for it.
She not only gave it identity and structure, and established an organization to ensure its continuity, but also involved many people who became dedicated enough to become teachers and assure the future of the art form.
The purpose of the sculptor is to bring order and meaning to the form. We work on the skeletal remains of the trees.
Unlike the carver, the driftwood artist does not have a particular idea in mind when he sits down to work. Rather, we seek to find the subject which natural processes have made inherent in the piece and, through painstaking cleaning and preparation, enhance that subject and make it prominent. It is only through proper preparation that the satin-soft finish can be had which brings out the grain and patina that each piece offers.