Guitars & Wood Boxes

Each year the San Diego Fine Woodworkers put on an exhibit at the San Diego Fair and each year I am enthralled with work displayed. This year is no different. There are beautiful lamps, sculptures, furniture and vases but as I viewed the work I became especially intrigued with the guitars and the wooden boxes.

The craftsmanship and artistry employed to make these useful objects beautiful truly adds to the charm of life. Playing music on a lovely handmade guitar is a treat for the musician and adds to the enjoyment by the listener. Storing treasures in one of these beautiful boxes makes the treasure all the more special.

This year’s theme is A Fair to Remember—and I would add that I found the Design in Wood exhibit very much worth remembering.

Beautiful wood artistry

Beautiful wood artistry

Wooden “Leather” Saddles

Wooden “Leather” Saddles

      Have you ever had your eye fooled? Where what you saw wasn’t really what the thing was? These saddles are carved out of wood with the intention that you think they are leather. The tooling is done just as it’s done on leather so that the artwork is as an intricate and ornate. Isn’t it interesting? I love how these saddles, done at 40% of life-size, look like they are made of formed and tooled fine leather.

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Wood sculpture artistry

My husband, Bill Churchill, is an amazing artist. He has been sculpting in wood for over two decades and he never ceases to amaze me with the artwork he creates. I love seeing him at work and watching what emerges. There is something special about artists—from what they dream up, dabble in and deliver for the rest of us to enjoy. Here is a look at a project he did last year.