Artists Open Studio Dates:

Nov. 27, 28, 29 & Dec. 5, 6
Artist will be demonstrating
Chris Chaffin Artist/burlsmith
 
Chris discovered a hidden talent (a Natural Flaire) for woodworking when
inspired by neighbor and fellow artist, Jay Dimick. Chris learned the mystery
of tree burls and the beautiful patterns the wood offers to an artist. Tree
burls are large growths on trees that are rare and highly sought after by
wood workers. His functional artwork includes wood sculptures, tables, novelties, end
tables, coffee tables, mirrors, bowls, wine racks, and much more! Each piece
starts with a hand chosen piece of wood and requires hours of meticulous
attention to detail to bring out and offer the full beauty. Chris and his wife, Donna, reside in the woods of Coventry, CT with their golden retriever "Loomis."
Artist Statement:
"I’ve always been into art, but in 2009, I discovered my passion for woodworking. I met a neighbor that made amazing sculptures using burled wood. What’s a burl? A rounded knotty growth on a tree, giving an attractive figure when polished and used especially for handcrafted objects. I got the burl bug, so to speak, and discovered I had a “natural flaire” for woodworking.
Today, I find myself longing to work with various species of burls. I get excited when I come across them and can’t wait to see their beauty revealed through shaping, sanding, and oiling. I love to make art but realize there is a practical need to meet for people who consider purchases. Therefore, I find that balance between sculpture and furniture as art. I make small novelty items that may only cost $20, all the way up to large burl tables in the thousands!
The rarity of burled wood in the retail market allows me to show people items for the home that have so much more character to them. I gravitate to making end tables, coffee tables, mirrors, bowls, wine racks, and so much more! Most people comment that the wood is so smooth, they feel like they are touching glass. I try to use very thin protective finishes so that the wood “feel” is not lost.
I know I’ve found my passion in woodworking. I hope my passion inspires others to find theirs!"

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