This Thursday, ArtWalk visitors are invited to stop by the Edmonds Bookshop from 5-8 p.m. to meet wood artist Bob Rinehart. The artist recently provided a statement on his work:
“In 1985 I carved the two small decoys out of basswood, and while I managed to prepare several cut out blanks for more birds and even fish, I took a sabbatical as we went off to Burma for three years. The sabbatical lasted longer than I had planned but my carving resumed in 2005 when I went to a local wood carving show and connected with an instructor in Sammamish.
“In those classes my project was the raven image that was my initial effort to do Native American simple relief carving. While I like this form of carving, I discovered that I really preferred to create bird images, and also have done several that we hang during the holiday season. I use alder wood which is ideal for the flat, simple relief style and the carving is done with a small V shaped chisel. The chisel is used to make the overall outline of an image and define important physical features such as the eyes, beak and feathers of a bird. The chisel is used to make a small furrow and when completed, the wood is covered with linseed oil and beeswax and allowed to dry. The next step is the application of an acrylic paint, followed by the final step to cover the entire piece of wood with a conservation varnish for protection.
“My two most challenging projects have been the cribbage board and black raven. The board features a large loon, which took a long time to carve and paint; however, the real work came when it was necessary to use my drill press to punch out the 120 small holes for the pegs. The carving of the black raven was interesting and fun actually as I had selected a piece of alder wood that had a rough finish. Carving on that finish was more complex than on a smooth finish, but when painted, one gets a better sense of feathers.”
In addition to being an artist, Rinehart is President of the Public Facilities District Board of Directors. For more information on all of the artists at this Thursday’s Art Walk, see the website.