The Use Of Art Various Mediums In Woodworking!
It’s been fun experiment with different art mediums while making the wands. However; let’s jump into my time machine and travel back to a time long before I started making furniture.
Even at a young age I had an interest in antiques but couldn’t afford the prices most of the local antique shops were charging, so I decided to try buying damaged furniture and repair it myself. Being a fast study it worked out well and in a few years I opened a part time business called the “Country Workshop” which eventually worked into a full time antique repair shop and later became Wills Woods where I manufactured unfinished furniture.
Over time I learned countless refinishing techniques from some of the old time restorers; one such trick that was very reluctantly passed down to me was drawing in the grain in a repair to match the rest of the piece by using colored pencils, and even different inks. Whoda thunk huh? Throughout the years I refined these techniques to become my own by using many other art mediums even incorporating acrylics and pastel chalks which once locked in with shellac and the final finish coats became almost indistinguishable from the original. I use these same techniques with the wands and have even gone a step further by using polymer clays to fill in damaged or rotted areas of the wood, also to sculpt in details that were not there to begin with. I’ve even mixed food coloring to achieve tints I couldn’t otherwise find on the market.
Woodworking is a form art like any other where the maker is expressing his own techniques as an artist. Pulling from my bag of tricks has allowed me take a piece of wood from the forest floor that would have otherwise rotted into the earth and give it a second life.
I’ve taken a little flack over the years about the various mediums I use to achieve my end goal, which I have kept no secret and have been more than willing to pass on to others however; as I said, woodworking is an art no matter what form it takes. Experimenting and perfecting your own techniques are what set you aside from all the others so don’t be afraid to try something out of the mainstream norm; if it works, use it. Who knows; you could become the next Michelangelo of the woodworking world.
And by the way, a Michelangelo I am not, when it comes to putting paint on a canvas and have it recognizable; well you get the picture, so I stick to what I know best, playing with wood.
It would be great if you have any comments about techniques you might use and are willing to share them with others.
-- John Wills: http://www.etsy.com/shop/GourgonsWoods