James Griffin

James Griffin enjoys using the medium of exotic wood to
Create new and unique forms from what nature provides.
James has meditated daily for over 27 years and tries to
bring  inspiration into his artwork and life.

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THE ARTWORK--my philosophy of working

Regardless of how much time it may take, each piece is finished to its highest potential. This process includes the selection and careful drying of rare woods, which may take 3 years or more. Most rare woods develop tiny cracks or "checks" during the drying process. These are closed seamlessly. The piece is then mounted on the lathe and cut into shape, which takes varying amounts of time depending upon design complexity and the hardness of the wood. (James rarely puts the design on paper, preferring to design mentally, augmented by a few notes). The wood is then made smooth through gently (so as not to overheat the wood) applying sandpaper in 14 separate steps beginning with 80 grit and finishing with a special cloth 12,000 grit abrasive designed to polish aircraft windows.

The piece is then turned upside down, and the bottom is shaped with the same care as the top. The bottom is then sanded with the same 14 step process. On some pieces the interior is also roughed out and sanded. The form then has a non-toxic nut-based oil applied to all surfaces. This acts as a barrier to prevent the wood from drying out, without altering color.  Another method used is shellawax cream.

Finally,  if not using shellawax, a very thin coat of colorless wax or oil is applied to help protect the wood further. It should be noted that the natural lustre of the wood becomes apparent due to the meticulous sanding process and is not the result of false coloration or finishes.

James Griffin in Northern California
 . . . .In the redwoods in Northern California

.. . . .and near Twilight Peak in Colorado . .


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