Michael Bauermeister

I make sculptural wooden vessels using a set of techniques that I have developed that allow me unlimited possibilities of scale, form, texture and color. Some of my methods come from my background as a furniture-builder. These include extensive use of the band-saw and the lamination process which is the starting point for many of my pieces. From the discipline of wood-turning I have adapted traditional and not-so-traditional lathe techniques to shape my vessels. And from my training as a sculptor I bring carving gouges and their modern, power-tool equivalents, along with painting and finishing skills.

Wood has become my voice and my language. Over years spent making things both useful and useless out of wood the physical work of sawing, carving, turning, and polishing has become my contemplation. The real effort is in figuring out what to make next. Sometimes the wood itself makes a suggestion. Sometimes I work just to keep my hands occupied. And sometimes it all comes together into a kind of wooden poem.