Working with the natural character of the wood can be a challenge, as it is the most dominant and critical element in the artwork.However, getting the right pitch and yaw of the stone is also paramount to the overall content or feeling expressed by the piece. Each work is accomplished through a delicate balance of unity and variety between seemingly opposite materials and directional forces. Receptive viewers are delighted with the finished product and appreciate the love and care given to each artwork.
Selecting and cleaning the wood is an early stage in Lonnie's creative process. It is done with fresh clean water and cleaning brushes. Stubborn dirt, sand, and dead wood are removed with wire brushes and dental tools. Lonnie uses traditional wood chisels and mallets to work in large areas, but details are often done with cutter tools attached to a Dremel.
Lonnie Rich, Artist on East Bay
"Listening to Wood and Stone"
In the Studio Working