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Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods

Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods

Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods (artists Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe)

Miniature painting by Gracemere Woods
The creative duo of artists Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe work in their art studio “Gracemere Woods”, in Tarrytown, New York, USA. All their hand crafted art objects – home decor, illustrations, wood burned ornaments, necklaces, and jewelry are inspired by the beauty of nature and spirit of the forest. The artists work with such materials as Wood, Quartz, Amethyst, Maple, Pine, Cedar, Acrylic Paint. Each miniature painting on a cut down tree is one-of-a-kind, the product of harmony between a man and nature, intimate experience between the artist and the natural world. “For years I worked long monotonous hours in the city, in front of a computer, and felt like I was contradicting my very existence”, says the artist. Not long ago, Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe left their boring office work to start creating home decorations – their first works were miniature ink paintings and wood-burned pieces.
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Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Unique Tsekunovka filigree wood art

Tsekunovka filigree wood art

According to the existing in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra of Moscow State literature, the Reverend Ambrose of Trinity was a carver who worked in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in the XV century. He decorated with wood chips salary of icons and these icons still decorate the Zagorsk Art Museum-Reserve.
Meanwhile, such unique filigree wood art impressed and influenced another talented artist – Vladimir Tsekunov (19 July, 1951 – 01 April, 2008).
The desire to master this fabulous technique, and to bring it back to life made him literally sleepless. And in 1990 this dream came true. Vladimir Tsekunov opened his own workshop, where he started working enthusiastically, and at the same time, shared his knowledge with his students. Unfortunately, in spring 2008, Vladimir Tsekunov died. However, the master passed the unique technology to his students. So, his disciples continue to create highly artistic works, which today adorn galleries, exhibition halls, museums, private collections and official offices of prominent statesmen, political and religious leaders of the world.
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Russian Matryoshka art

Russian Matryoshka art

Troika. Russian Matryoshka art

First of all, Russian Matryoshka art is a tribute to the Russian culture. Indeed, handpainted doll with a Russian soul is the great cultural heritage of the country. However, Wooden Matryoshka dolls are famous not only because they can be put into each other like boxes for gifts. Each Matryoshka doll has a unique face and even character. According to one legend, these dolls appeared two thousand years ago, and are mentioned in the ancient Indian epic. And, then, to paint the dolls manually started during the time of the Trojan War. According to another legend, if you put a wish note into it, it will come true.
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Guinness Records wooden sculpture

Guinness Records wooden sculpture by Chinese master Zheng Chunhui

The longest in the world – Guinness Records wooden sculpture by Chinese master Zheng Chunhui

Guinness Records wooden sculpture
Chinese master Zheng Chunhuiwho has built the longest wooden sculpture in the world. And the Official certificate of the Guinness World Records recognized the fact. His sculpture made of solid wood 12.2 meters long, and 3.075 meters high. Meanwhile, Zheng Chunhui worked on his amazing sculpture for about 4 years. And those who have seen it with their own eyes, in one voice assured that it was worth it. So, the sculpture is something more than a sculpture made of wood. This massive sculpture looks really amazing – 12 meters of wooden trunk with carved villages and forests, rivers, boats, animals, and human figures – no less than 550 of them.
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Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Looking as a white bedsheet. Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Incredibly realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert resemble paintings of Renaissance masters. Have you ever seen a floating book, or floating cards, or even a floating rock, or just a magic made of wood? Genius of sculpture, Art professor Tom Eckert from Arizona State University carves hyper-realistic sculptures – fabrics that look silky smooth to the touch, and fruit that look ripe for eating. And all these sculptures he made entirely out of wood. The professor carves, turns, bends and laminates wood to look like fabrics, glass, stone and fruit. Then, he applies waterborne lacquer paint with spray guns and brushes. According to the master, the woods he prefers working with are basswood, linden and lime-wood, because they are good and stable for carving and painting. In addition, the professor explained that coming from a painting and drawing background, he is still interested in applying some of those techniques to his sculptures.
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Prayer Nut wood carving art

Prayer Nut wood carving art

A small boxwood orb decorated inside and outside with carving on religious themes – Prayer Nut wood carving art

Prayer Nut wood carving art
First of all, to produce such a prayer nut required considerable skill. Within the scope of the concave a skillful master carved miniature stories about the life of Christ and his apostles. Noteworthy, the width of a “nut” was no more than 3-5 cm in diameter. And to add flavor to patterns the artist added leaves of spice plants or aromatic oil. Undoybtedly, every Prayer Nut is a true work of art. Only the very rich could afford to order such a pocket-like altar. Therefore, possession of “prayer nuts” underlines the high social status. Designed to be worn on a rosary or belt these orbs could be used for private devotion. In particular, when its wealthy owner traveled. Therefore, they were known as rosary beads or prayer nuts.
The skill of medieval craftsmen still amazes. Every detail of the composition conceived and executed with maximum precision. These exquisite Prayer nuts adorn exposures of the world’s leading museums. Among them the British Museum in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre. A few years ago at an auction one such nut was sold for 133,250 pounds.

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Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov

Tues of birch bark 'Flowers'. Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63)

Tues of birch bark ‘Flowers’. Made of several layers of birch bark, facing layer – stamping, water-based lacquered (eco-friendly). Bottom and lid – cedar. Ideal for storing food, dried herbs, mushrooms, berries. Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63)

Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov

First of all “Tues”, or tuesok (tuesy, tueski – plural) – small birch-bark box with a lid. Classic tues is cylindrical. Another name – Burak. The word “Tues” is borrowed from Northern Russia Komi language, meaning “Birch bark”. Russian artist of applied art Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63) is a talented self-taught craftsman working with birch bark. He lives in the city of Beryozovsky, Siberia. Initially, birch bark folk crafts was only a hobby for him, as he worked as an electrician all his life. But as it often happens, his favorite hobby has become his second profession.
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