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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Martin Antaramian
Kenosha, WI

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I started woodworking at the age of 20 in an Introduction to Furniture Design course at UW Parkside. I graduated from there in 2011 with a MA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture. It wasn't until after graduating that I started to fuse furniture and sculpture into one. Every physical object has the potential to be a sculpture, whether it serves another purpose or not.

The inspiration for my current style of work comes from the movement of fabric. I woke up at 3am a few years ago with a vision in my head of a spinning dress carved out of wood. As I'd only done very geometric works in the past this was a whole new style and process for me. I start with two inch thick stock that is laminated together to create my forms. From there I start carving with a chainsaw blade on an angle grinder, then move to die grinders, then cabinet rasps and rifflers, and finally hand sanding. It took over a year for me to realize that dream which became Cherry Waltz.

Cherry Waltz : Cherry wood

Since then I have started playing with the form in different ways by carving into the table tops themselves or by making the carving appear to be actual fabric, which I did with the Mirage table.

Mirage: Cherry wood with coppery inlays and
Maple wood table cloth painted white

I enjoy making pieces out of wood which most people would not think possible: Forms that appear very delicate but remain very strong. Below are more of these pieces:

Cherry Blossom : Cherry wood
Cordial : Cherry wood
Lily: Paduk and Maple wood
Wave Clock : Cherry wood
Black Waltz: Walnut wood
Cherry Waltz II: Cherry wood

You can email Martin at martinantaramian@yahoo.com . You can visit Martin's website at www.martinantaramian.com .

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