Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brad Eklund - Woodworker - Featured Artist

We are pleased to announce our next featured artist (and newest artist to our ranks):  Brad Eklund, who with his wife, Hazel, creates the most amazing wooden puzzles, magnets, bookmarks, and intarsia.  The opening will take place on Fourth Friday Gallery Night, July 22 from 6 - 9 pm at Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts in The Cotton Exchange. 

Please see our latest newsletter for additional information about Brad.

Brad's Artist Statement:

My passion and love for making sawdust is embedded in my bones and runs back several generations. I am driven by the "unknown" which is why I am always thrilled to use woods that are unfamiliar to me. I use many species of wood found all over the world. To keep my environmental views in focus, almost every piece of wood used in my work is recycled, reclaimed, or salvaged. I use no stains or dyes, just natural oils to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

My heart lies in the construction of puzzles. I have been obsessed with puzzles of all forms since early childhood. I enjoy them because they are not just art but functional objects that get the gears turning in heads.  My wife, Hazel, is a tremendous  help in the making of puzzles and other art. It would not be possible without her.