View Post

Cutting Threads in Wood by Hand

In Uncategorized by VDWadmin

One of the quality features on my urns is that I make wood finials to seal the urn vessel opening.  I cut threads into the wood so that the finial screws on to the top of the urn body making a tight fit  that does not require any sealant.  I put together a pair of videos to help demonstrate this …

View Post

A Rare Find – Unique Story of a Large Magnolia

In Uncategorized by VDWadmin

From time to time I come across wood that has a nice history.  Such is the case of a large magnolia tree that I acquired from St. Paul’s Episcopal in Edenton, North Carolina.  Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) is a species that is typically long lived and very robust, not often dropped by strong storms.  My experience also shows it to be …

View Post

Expanding the Artistic Viewpoint – Answering Questions of Why?

In Uncategorized by VDWadmin

The artist statement – a short written statement that helps the artist express themselves and explain their interests and viewpoints (such as mine http://vanduynwoodwork.com/about/).  My first experiences with the “statement” came more as a requirement for juried shows, galleries, and exhibit submissions.  So from the beginning it was treated more as an attachment to a professional artists resume.  I entered …

View Post

Ben Owen III – Collection of Spalted Pecan Hollow Forms

In New Works by VDWadmin

I was fortunate enough to run into Ben Owen III at the Winter Show (Greenhill, center for NC arts) this past December, both he and I were participating in that exhibit.  Ben, very generously, offered me some of a pecan tree that he had on his property that was taken down some time ago.  I believe that his grandfather was …

View Post

A long overdue furniture project

In Uncategorized by VDWadmin

One of the more ironic things about making woodwork, sculpture, furniture, and other projects is that you always seem to be making things for other people.  Not that that is a bad thing, but in my case I haven’t built a really meaningful piece of furniture in a very long time.  So, now I have a need for a new …

View Post

Utility Bowls carried at Quintessentials of North Hills

In news by VDWadmin

Today I made the trip down to North Hills (midtown, Raleigh) to drop off some utility bowls at Quintessentials.  Quintessentials is a very nicely put together shop, and very welcoming.  From what I can tell the majority of the items they carry deal with formal tableware, i.e. flatware, china, stemware, and some bar items.  They also have a selection of …