Much of my work begins on the lathe, and is often finished there, although carving and sculpting beyond the turning is what I really find exciting.
I use both power and hand tools in my work: from chain saw, grinders, carvers, rasps, rifflers, gouges on to sandpaper. I am self taught and all work is done by me alone. Most of the wood I use is local and comes from storm damaged trees and trees that are cut down due to old age, development, etc. Much of it is considered waste.
| A good deal of my inspiration comes from the natural world. The composition and balance of things left alone especially in nature, almost always move me to want to capture that feeling in my work.|
Waves, moving water and those that inhabit the liquid environs have been a recurring theme for me in recent years. Attempting to capture such a dynamic quality with a solid and static medium such as wood is technically and artistically satisfying .
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My work can be seen year round at:
River Sea Gallery in Astoria , Oregon
Please feel free to contact me with comments or if you are interested in a particular piece. Contact email@example.com © 2010 Michael Hampel
© 2010 Michael Hampel