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06-27-2017 12:04 AM

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Hey LJ’s,

While staining my fence and thinking about other things I’d rather do, I thought about people who have inspired me to “think outside the box.”

We have a few here on LumberJocks that take the work into the art form area. We have some gifted box makers. Andy, Greg the Cajun Box Sculpture, and Klaus Keifer who push the limits. The box is not a functional piece but an art piece. And my friend a sculpture of wood in many forms Benji Reyes.

James Krenov was my first inspiration after Frank lloyd Wright. He was gifted in skill as an artist and writer. I’d show my wife the pictures of JK’s work and she’d say “What’s it’s function?” LOL! James and Frank were some of the first people I came to know that moved it up a notch for me.

That took me into “Studio Furniture” or Art furniture I did a Google search and found artists that James Krenov didn’t like, but they excited me to think about “how my cabinets though functional might be fun?”

http://pritameames.com/

Pritam and Ames is a wonderful storehouse of inspiration.

Hank Gilipin inspires me to look in my own backyard for woods to work with, and Thomas Hucker “cracked my egg and helped me gain new perspectives about art woodworking and design at a winter seminar with the Minnesota woodworkers Guild.

I have been bound to get my maintenance projects done but the ideas of the furniture dance before my eyes.

Who has inspired you?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 06-27-2017 12:24 AM

Everyone you mention inspires me as well Tom but in the field of marquetry where I spend much of my time I would add Silas Kopf, Patrice Lejeune, and Patrick Edwards.
If I get outside marquetry the list becomes unmanageable…. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 06-27-2017 12:41 AM

Paul,

Kopf and Lejune I recognize but not Patrick Edwards, but then I’m more into turning art and carcuses (sp?) I’m remiss in not including you’re work, which although it’s too intricate for me is pretty spectacular!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-27-2017 01:31 AM

I like that website Doc

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 06-27-2017 01:47 AM

Rick, Glad you did. Who trips your trigger?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 06-27-2017 02:16 AM


Paul,

Kopf and Lejune I recognize but not Patrick Edwards, but then I m more into turning art and carcuses (sp?) I m remiss in not including you re work, which although it s too intricate for me is pretty spectacular!

- DocSavage45


Thanks Tom :-)
Patrick operates ASFM. Patrice is his partner. He doesn’t post much here but this is his profile page.
http://lumberjocks.com/WPatrick

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#6 posted 06-27-2017 02:25 AM

Oh man. Outstanding question. Some of these guys are probably too humble to call themselves artists, but I would beg to differ. Some of my favorites are:

Sam Maloof
Jennie/John Alexander
Wharton Escherick
David Fisher
Curtis Buchanan
Jere Osgood

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 06-27-2017 02:25 AM

I’ve never studied or even looked at any of the work you guys are talking about. My own freakish mind is my only inspiration. Never used any plans and only slightly ever copied parts of something I saw on a site like this, those were tool ideas.

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#8 posted 06-27-2017 02:27 AM

Paul,

Thanks for the heads up on Patrick. He apparently works more than he posts. LOL! While I am the opposit???? :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-27-2017 02:33 AM

The WoodenOyster,

Thanks for your input. Eshrick is my go to house guy.LOL! Jere Osgood was a Mentor for Hucker.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-27-2017 02:36 AM

papadan,

Thanks for your input. I have a friend who is a well known artist in Saint Louis Mo. He tells me his work starts by putting the brush to the canvas.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 06-27-2017 02:42 AM

I look at a hunk of wood and ask it what it is! I’ve heard of krenov and Maloof, but have no idea what their work looks like.

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#12 posted 06-27-2017 03:34 AM

Without a doubt, Tom Fidgen. When I first thought about picking up the habit, er hobby I bought his first book. The elegance of his work let me to go unplugged, and started me on several projects. His “skinny legs” table is still high on my build list, but keeps getting knocked back because of other, more pressing projects. but soon ..

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#13 posted 06-27-2017 03:42 AM

Bulldog,

Tom is a great hand-tool guy, and plays a mean guitar! Also has a great first name! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 06-27-2017 03:55 AM

Darrell Peart for one…

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#15 posted 06-27-2017 03:59 AM

Green and Green as the masterminds and the Hall brothers as the implementers. Absolutely beautiful stuff.

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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