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Fine Wood Artists-John McAbery
 
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Fine Wood Artists-John McAbery
www.finewoodartists.com, 26 April 2010 [cached]
Sculpture by John McAbery Fine Wood Artists-John McAbery
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John McAbery Petrolia, CA, USA
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John McAbery lives and works on a remote area of the California coast in a small cabin that has neither phone nor electricity. He works with simple hand tools to create his unique sculptures.
John uses naturally fallen California bay laurel. The blocks of wood he starts with can weigh as much as 100 pounds, yet his finished sculptures weigh as little as 4 ounces. All the curves and nuances are hand carved, no steam bending is used in the creation of his pieces. His partner Gretchen Bunker helps with the design and finishing of the work, and out of respect for the environment, they also grow and plant native trees.
Sculptor John McAbery Info - Sculpture.org
www.sculpture.org, 14 Dec 2008 [cached]
John McAbery Sculptor John McAbery Info - Sculpture.org
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John McAbery
P.O. Box 163 Petrolia, CA 95558, U.S.A.
Phone: (707) 629-3549 Email: johnmcabery@frontiernet.net
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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.
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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.
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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.
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When John is carving, he doesn't play it safe. "I like challenging both the wood and my abilities.
Fine Wood Artists-John McAbery
www.finewoodartists.com, 20 Jan 2010 [cached]
Fine Woodworking | John McAbery Fine Wood Artists-John McAbery
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John McAbery - Fine Wood Sculptor
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John McAbery Petrolia, CA, USA
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John Mcabery
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John McAbery lives and works on a remote area of the California coast in a small cabin that has neither phone nor electricity. He works with simple hand tools to create his unique sculptures.
John uses naturally fallen California bay laurel. The blocks of wood he starts with can weigh as much as 100 pounds, yet his finished sculptures weigh as little as 4 ounces. All the curves and nuances are hand carved, no steam bending is used in the creation of his pieces. His partner Gretchen Bunker helps with the design and finishing of the work, and out of respect for the environment, they also grow and plant native trees.
ISC Sculptor Directory - Sculpture.org
www.sculpture.org, 14 Dec 2008 [cached]
John McAbery
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www.mattole.org, 6 July 2009 [cached]
John McAbery, local Petrolia sculptor, has generously donated one of his magnificent wooden sculptures to the MRC. The sculptures are entirely carved by hand--without electricity.
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