Stephen Gleasner – There You Are

There You Are by Stephen Gleasner

Artist Name:  Stephen Gleasner
Title:  There You Are
Details:  circa 2010 – Plywood, 30″ x 48″

Why It’s Notable:

While most woodworkers try to hide the layers of plywood, Stephen Gleasner embraces them.  He carves into the face of plywood to reveal patterns reminiscent of a topographic map, then applies dyes to the surface to enhance the design.

New Quotes from “Woodwork”

The magazine simply titled Woodwork is by far my favourite.  The latest issue, #118 – Winter 2012, is on magazine stands now and I strongly recommend that you look for it.  (It is also available in the American Woodworker Online Bookstore.)

Woodwork #118 - Winter 2012

Woodwork is a different magazine.  Instead of focusing on step-by-step projects, it showcases woodworkers and their work.  Read more of my thoughts on Woodwork HERE.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the annual issue and gleaned four excellent quotes from its pages.  You can find these and more on the page titled Quotes from Woodwork (Resources -> Quotables -> Quotes from Woodwork).

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“My work is a reflection of what is going on in my life.  You take a pathway that leads to consequences, both good and bad.  Work will reflect that if you trust your intuition.” – Todd Hoyer

Todd Hoyer: Pathways and Choices by Terry Martin in Woodwork #118, p. 30, ¶6

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“If a woodworker is going to break from traditional construction, it behooves him to understand it and think through the consequences of any novel approaches.” – Rob Porcaro

The Design Journey: How to Turn an Idea into a Finished Piece by Rob Porcaro in Woodwork #118, p. 36, ¶6

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“Obstructions lead to creativity.” – Stephen Gleasner

Visions in Plywood: The Plyscapes of Stephen Gleasner by Patrick Downes in Woodwork #118, p. 48, ¶10

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“From the time he started his own workshop in the 1960s, Alan [Peters] worked long and hard to prove that one could still earn a living in the contemporary world by building useful, beautiful furniture with integrity, one piece at a time, and he prided himself on making furniture that was priced within reach of working people like himself.” – Peter Korn

Thinking With Things: Design as Discovery by Peter Korn in Woodwork #118, p. 63, ¶7