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Using a CNC in woodworking opens up a lot of creative possibilities. Including using it as a carving tool. The photo above is a small wall sculpture called: Shell No 1 . Madrone 11 x 12 x 2.5

While working on a couple of blog posts about a group of CNC machines that are great for small shops, I got distracted by something rather impractical. But I thought because the distraction was about wood, it might be of interest to some of my fellow woodworkers. This is the final week of a solo contemporary art show of my work at Zinc Gallery near Seattle.  All the sculptures created for the show are made of wood and, to various degrees, carved with the aid of CNC machines.

As I was shooting detail photos  at the gallery earlier this week, I realized that in all my earlier blog posts and print articles I haven’t shown this side of my work to Popular Woodworking readers. Up to now, everything has been about practical and precision uses, plus the skills, tools and techniques of digital woodworking. That’s important stuff for new and potential digital woodworkers and there’s plenty more to come. But every once in a while, we just have to let that impractical side out for some exercise. It’s winter and it’s cold and gray out there – seems like a perfect time for a short break. Here are a few detail photos of some of the things that I do in the art world.

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Rhythm R . Walnut 22 x 59 x 1.75

Flag No. 2 . Spalted Maple 12 x 16 x 3

Grasshopper No 1 . Alder 60 x 5.5 x 1

Gothic Revision 2 . Eastern Walnut 24 x 14 x 1.5

Flag No 1 . Spalted Maple 12 x 16 x 3

Rhythm R . Walnut 22 x 59 x 1.75

Bundle No 2 . Khaya Mahogany 36.5 x 10 x 2

Broken Water . Spalted Alder 16 x 66 x 2

3 Formline 1 . Alder 16 x 59 x 1.75

Zinc Gallery in Edmonds, Wash. (outside Seattle)

— Tim Celeski

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  • pwbaud

    Jeez, what awful photography. Short depth of field and out of focus shots are not good, especially without establishing shots that let you know what the heck you’re looking at. Surprisingly bad.


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