Monday, June 19, 2006

WOODY

Wood Ferrari
In Venice, an artist and wood carver named Livio De Marchi has designed and carved a dazzling number of pieces. The difference between his work and most is that he makes all-wood replicas of ordinary objects. Like hats, coats, cars, a pumpkin chariot, and such. And these all-wood versions actually drive, he can drive his Ferrari F50 in the canals, as it is carved entirely out of wood, even the gear shift.

According to the Venice Blog, Mr De Marchi trained at Venice's Accademia di Belle Arti and he enjoys an international reputation, with exhibitions in Milan, Florence, London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Zürich, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo. For more pictures of his amazing work, consult this gallery as well as the artist's web page. The Craftsmanship Museum also has an extensive story about this man's work and how he does it.




Woodwork
My brother does some amazing work with clocks and my grandfather was a skilled cabinetmaker, but I've never seen anything on this scale and with this range of subjects before. The man is truly gifted and has amazing skill.

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