Using fire, sharpened steel and India inks – artist Keoni Carlson creates touchable illusions, wood re-imagined as woven and beaded basketry, sculpture and vessels. His vision is to evoke delight and surprise by listening to the wood.
How It’s Done
Trees and reclaimed wood provide the starting point. Typically sugar maple, a hardwood from the Midwest and Northwest.
From the hardwood slabs, square blocks are cut. Thickness and size varies depending on the artwork concept and direction.