Texas Wildwood Originals- E.O. “Ted” Hemenway-My love for wood started in junior high making the usual cutting boards, key holders, etc. Later I confiscated my dad’s lathe and started turning bowls. In the last ten years this has progressed to tables, beds, unique hall trees and side tables (made from the trunks of large trees) and countless other unique home furnishings. Many of the ideas for these have come from my wonderfully creative wife, Becky. Thank you Dear!
As time passed I started listening more to the wood. I realize this sounds a bit odd but stay with me. The majority of my work has a “rough edge”, meaning it retains part of the original/natural edge of the wood. For me it serves as a reminder of where the wood came from and what it looked like in its natural state while still revealing the incredible beauty inside. As I carve into each piece, the wood tells me what direction to take next. Every time I’m amazed to see what is deep beneath the bark of a tree.
The wood I use is from ranches in Texas. I use many different species including cedars, walnut, hack-berry and my favorite, mesquite. The ranchers seem to despise mesquite and think its only value is for firewood and cooking. I have quite a different opinion. This wood has infinite character. There are knots, cracks worm holes, and a nearly endless variety of colors and grain variations that make it the most beautiful wood in Texas! I invite you to come and experience (see AND touch) the beauty that lies beneath the bark.
Sculptural Assemblages-Dwain Kelley-Discovery, Almost all of these works are grounded in the unearthing of another time. Using a palette of old wood, metals, gold leaf, cloth, glass, rocks, or new materials aged to emulate the look of another time-I’m attempting to re-create the excitement of discovery I felt as a kid reading about the discovery of Machu Picchu in Peru by Hiram Bingham in 1911, King Tut’s Tomb in Egypt by Howard Carter in 1922, uncovering the history of the first native Americans or the countless other archaeological discoveries from around the world. I hope that as you experience these works they will reignite some of this excitement and wonder every time you look at them.
Strength is what remains-regardless of how wood, metal, glass, rock or cloth have been ravaged by the elements, nature or man-what survives is the strongest part. To me, incorporating these pieces into a work of art makes a genuine, lasting statement.