Driftwood Sculpture Display at Woodinville City Hall
This display features work by the driftwood class sponsored by Northshore Senior Center at Brittany Park senior living community. This class has been active for just over two years with instructor Jo Marsh. It is worth noting that creative artistry has no age limitations: two of the six featured artists are in their mid-90’s!
The pieces in this exhibit range from fairly large to miniature sculptures and include pendants and pins as well. This special display is on view at Woodinville City Hall through the end of December during business hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30-5:00, Friday 7:30-4:00.
These two winning sculptures (#1 Karen Chau’s Phoenix Rising and #2 Gerri Tyler’s Borealis) were both found on Karen’s property long before she had heard of driftwood sculpture. Two years ago while cleaning her back yard, she came across them again and offered one to her classmate. The two pieces are together again in the Redmond Senior Center display case.
Northwest Driftwood Artists is a non-profit organization devoted to teaching the LuRon method and providing a showcase for the sculptures of our members.
We do not sell sculptures through this website. . . Much to the dismay to some of our website visitors.
But we are happy to link to those NWDA members who independently set up shop in the cyber world!
Long time NWDA member and extraordinary sculpture artist, Jan Petzel has launched a new website and we invite you to check it out. It is a stylish and comprehensive website and we’re sure you will enjoy the trip to MyKnottyWood.com
Northwest Driftwood Artists are proud to direct your attention to our new Lesson Center located on right of our tool bar. We currently have 40 new articles about the LuRon method and inspiration and instruction to help you create your own masterpiece. There are many contributing authors who are certified LuRon teachers and there is a wealth of information. Enjoy!
Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement has a fantastic article on Rasps. The explanations and photos are great. If you’ve ever wondered about rasps, this is the place to go!
At our monthly NWDA meeting we got an opportunity to hear from some of the artists about their winning sculptures. There were some pretty fun stories behind some of these sculptures. We’ve been featuring one a day on our Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, be sure to “like” us to see those sculptures. Otherwise, check out the 2015 sculptures here.
As a special treat, Lorene Thorne and Jeannette Cline showed us what we could do with just a few flowers to make stunning floral arrangements.
You really should come to the meetings.
No matter what kind of woodworker you are, intense, or just casual, you HAVE to take care of your lungs. You damage yourself and shorten your quality of life by breathing wood dust. It is an accumulative process. You may feel fine today and tomorrow and many tomorrows after that. But when you reach a certain level of lung damage, there is no going back.
Carole Rothman is the author of several books. (Several that this webmaster has) She is an amazing woman and this is an important video on how to handle dust in the workshop.
Bellevue Art Museum
October 31, 2014 – March 29, 2015
This Biennial exhibition focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftsmen, recognizing their innovative and extraordinary work.
Note that the 1st Friday of every month offers free admission.
The Biennial is an opportunity for makers of all kinds to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. The exhibition is intended to recognize the innovative and extraordinary work being produced by contemporary Northwest makers, and to celebrate the region’s distinctive character.
A new Class in Renton is starting on Oct. 1st.
Following a series of four driftwood demonstrations, Mel Jewett will begin a new class at the Renton Senior Center on October 2nd.
Her class will meet weekly on Thursdays from 9:30 am ‘til Noon.
Check it out if you can.
One fine summer day Chadd Hass spent the afternoon in front of the camera and gave us two new videos to enjoy. These are informative and fun to watch.
Chadd is a long time NWDA member who has won many, many awards for his work and in these 2 videos he shares his expertise.
In 4-way Files, Rasps and Microplanes Chadd share the techniques he uses to quickly and efficiently clean a wood sculpture. This video focuses on the microplane. We hope to have him share his techniques on the rasps and files in a more in-depth manner later on.
LuRon sculptures must be clean and have a natural, satin finish. Varathane is STRICTLY forbidden for a sculpture. Not so for bases. This video shows an easy and clever way to punch up the look of a sandstone base. Sandstone makes a very nice base because it is easy to shape and drill, but its color can be bland and uninspiring. Marbling Bases is really fun.
Don’t forget to check out our entire library of videos. Sometimes you just need a refresher!