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About the Artist: “With a passion for simple rustic beauty, plus reverence toward natures’ burl being ‘wood as a substance with a soul’, select wood burls for Blackbird Rustic sculptures are obtained from all corners of the world, each one of a kind.

In returning to simpler times, every burl is then hand hewed, a rare and wonderful traditional art form converting the wood into a sculpture rich in color and contrasting textures using only simple primitive tools, hands, and heart. Woodworks unplugged. A challenging and time consuming process, yet the truest way to turn this wonder of nature into a treasured piece for a contemporary lifestyle, while capturing that antiquated connection to our past.

Blackbird Rustics sculptures are specifically designed and created to bring delightfully unexpected artwork for both indoor and outdoor landscapes. A stunning piece of unmistakable individuality which looks different from every angle you look at it…..unpretentious, timeless, unique and comfortable…..art with an easy fit. The organic workmanship accentuating each sculptures’ sense of authenticity are created out of his studio in Niles Michigan.

The resulting success can be measured by Blackbird Rustics sculptures found in select galleries such as Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City Indiana; Circa Arts, South Bend, Indiana; Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph Michigan; WARD Gallery, Petoskey Michigan, as well as many fine homes throughout the United States.”



Black Ash Burl Sculpture