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Local woodworking artist featured at Fogdog Gallery

 

Having been born into the wood-making industry, Michael Wendland, the son of a carpenter, decided that it was time to create art out of his wood. Drawing on his 35-year career as a general contractor in residential construction, Wendland is debuting his “Montana chic” functional woodworking artwork at Fogdog Gallery in Arlington.

“When I was in the construction industry the wood never talked to me. And once I left the construction industry and focused on my shop, the wood began to talk to me,” said Wendland, a long-time 58-year-old Arlington resident. “I walked back into my shop and the wood all of a sudden began to chirp and talk. There was an open line of communication.”

Doing interior finish in upscale homes is a form of artwork in itself, explained Wendland, adding that it was his extensive exposure to the construction industry that inspired him to become an artist. It was a process of translating his construction work into a work of art.

“I see a piece of furniture in a piece of wood and I build it,” Wendland said, describing his artistic muse. “It could be a root, or a slab, or virtually any piece of wood I come across. I stumble across a piece of wood by fate and I see what it is going to be and I bring it home and I make it.”

After honing his art for the past couple of years, Wendland finally decided to go public with his woodworking art. He approached Claire Cundiff, owner of Fogdog Gallery, about displaying his art and she jumped at the chance.

“The marriage of reclaimed wood with elegant design combines to offer a timeless quality to each of his pieces,” said Cundiff. “Mr. Wendland's extraordinary workmanship shines through, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that will be treasured for generations to come.”

Wendland’s artwork will also be featured at the Fremont (Seattle) Fair on June 22 and 23, the 21st Annual Western Design Conference (WDC) Exhibit and Sale in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to be held on Sept. 5-8, and the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center on Dec. 5-14.

 

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