John McAbery

Sculptor at Sculpture Magazine

Location:
1633 Connecticut Ave NW 4th floor, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Company:
Sculpture Magazine
HQ Phone:
(202) 234-0555
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Last Updated 12/14/2008

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Sculptor John McAbery Info - Sculpture.org

John McAbery
Sculptor John McAbery Info - Sculpture.org John McAbery P.O. Box 163 Petrolia, CA 95558, U.S.A. Phone: (707) 629-3549 Email: johnmcabery@frontiernet.net John McAbery lives and works on a remote and rugged stretch of the northwest coast. His home is a small handmade cabin without electricity or telephone. His workspace is a small table with a vise attached, a few hand tools and nothing else. Out of respect for the environment, John only uses aged logs from trees that have fallen naturally. "No tree should be cut down just for the sake of artwork." John and his partner, Gretchen Bunker, also grow and plant native trees along the north coast. To begin the process, John uses ribbons, clay or foil to create a three dimensional model of the sculpture. He also uses seaweed and shells found on the beach as models. The design is then drawn on both sides of the block and the carving begins. "I have to remove a lot of wood before I can actually see how the sculpture will flow together. It is like searching for a hidden treasure." John uses a Japanese keyhole saw to rough out his piece. Then he continues to refine the sculpture using smaller keyhole saws, gouges and microplanes. After many days of cutting and shaping, a rough sculpture finally emerges from the block. John uses sandpaper in successive grits to continue refining every twist and curve. The piece is finish sanded down to 600 grit, then polished with a blend of beeswax and carnauba. Finally, the sculpture is mounted on a hardwood base. John's partner, Gretchen, also collaborates with John on his designs, helps with the finishing process and photographs all of his work. When John is carving, he doesn't play it safe. "I like challenging both the wood and my abilities.

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