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Richard Fitzgerald has spent his life in Southwestern Colorado surrounded by the Anasazi ruins and culture. Their ancient pottery forms have a strong influence on his work in wood. His materials include the finest native woods of Southwestern Colorado and the western United States - aspen, tamarisk, box elder, maple, and buckeye burl.
Using the prime portions of the tree insures the uniqueness of Fitzgerald's work. Wood selected from the crotches or crowns of trees, spalted wood, burls, and wormhole wood are accented with inlay of turquoise or malachite and completed with a hand rubbed finish.
Wood carving is a form of woodworking by means of a cutting tool (knife) in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in the sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object. The phrase may also refer to the finished product, from individual sculptures to hand-worked mouldings composing part of a tracery.
Nationally Acclaimed Wood Turner, Richard Fitzgerald. Sleeping Beauty High Quality Turquoise with other types of wood inlay and stones. Using the prime portions of the tree insures the uniqueness of Fitzgerald’s work. Wood selected from the crotches or crowns of trees, spalted wood, burls, and wormhole wood are accented with inlay of turquoise or malachite and completed with a hand rubbed finish.
A pen-shaped wood burner gives a distinct shape and color to the engraved letters on planks of wood and is easy to use for first-time engravers. The woodburning pen is built to make your job easy and you can buy that at the pyrography equipment store. Let the pen do the work by applying just enough pressure so it doesn’t skip over the surface or gouge the soft wood. Though it may look intimidating when you first begin researching it, wood carving is not that overly difficult if you are willing to learn the different tools and techniques. Any new hobby takes patience, practice and persistence. Wood carving is no different.
Spalted Hackberry with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Inlay, by Richard Fitzgerald
10.25″ H x 8.5″ D
Spalted Aspen with Malachite and Carbon Black Inlay (inside painted black), by Richard Fitzgerald
10″ H x 9.75″ D
Tamarisk and Redwood with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, by Richard Fitzgerald
12.5″ H x 4.5″ D
Walnut and Zebrawood with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, by Richard Fitzgerald
7.5″ H x 8″ D