Featured Woodworker: Paul Eisenhauer

Exhibit runs through Dec. 31

For the last month of the year, Gallery 17 at Foundation Woodworks is presenting pieces by Burnsville-based maker Paul Eisenhauer.

A hobbyist woodworker for many years, Eisenhauer says his  “orientation to wood changed after working as curator and director of the Wharton Esherick Museum [in Chester County, Pennsylvania], the home and studio of the renowned woodworker Wharton Esherick. Instead of constructing pieces of furniture from flat squared boards, I began shaping and sculpting wood from logs and branches. Since retirement, I have been concentrating on carving bowls and spoons.”

Eisenhauer’s hand-carved tableware combines the use of organic form with functional design, highlighting the character of the log in the finished pieces.

“I am honored to be among the talented artists at Foundation Woodworks Gallery,” says Eisenhauer. “My recent designs reflect my experimentation with natural elements of the wood — weathering, occlusions, bark, and live edges.”

Foundation Woodworks, 17 Foundy Street, Asheville. foundationwoodworks.com

828-515-4404.

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