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Guy Lewis

Having made high-quality one-off furniture in the UK and France for the past 15 years or so, and feeling increasingly restricted by the ponderous nature of cabinet making, I have recently taken a different direction.

I am currently questioning my attitudes to wood in its natural state.

By using "un-woody" techniques, I hope to highlight aspects of timber that are not apparent when used conventionally.

Surf 1 and Surf 2
A mould is taken from a piece of burr (burl) wood and I make a cast using resin and pigments which are manipulated whilst still in their liquid state.

Viewing the rough-cast burr from behind ie through the polished faces of the casting gives the impression of gazing up through the surf from below. Turn the sculpture around and another fascinating surface presents itself.

Materials : Resin, Perspex, Aluminium and Rosewood.

Measurements : 127 mm wide x 127 mm high x 35 mm deep (Approx. inches 5" wide x 5" high x 1 1/2" deep)

I make up blocks of birch plywood interleaved with blue-dyed veneer which are then sliced into "mini-planks". Two "planks" are glued together at 45 degrees to produce the pattern.

The shapes are then carved by hand.

Far from being a mundane material, birch plywood is sound both ecologically and structurally ... and when used this way, beautiful.

Materials : Birch Plywood, Blue-dyed Maple veneer, Beech, Acrylic paint, Cast Polyester, Perspex and Lacquer.

Measurements : 165 mm wide x 125 mm high x 150 mm deep (Approx.inches 6 1/2" wide x 5" high x 6" deep)

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