the works of Friedemann Buehler
"Buehler’s vessels ‘open our eyes to the tree’s true nature, its history, its coming of age, its singularity... [Buehler’s] subtle balance between nature and art echoes through the circular movement of the turning process, which pushes with such force against the materialized slowness of the wood’s growth. The possibilities provided by the medium unleash his creative language, which speaks to us clearly through the metaphoric content of his work.’ - Schnuppe von Gwinner, Managing Director of Craft2eu, Germany
Buehler’s turning technique is complex and time- consuming, and results in breathtaking monumental forms. All of his work has a simple, but perfect flowing line and the surfaces are either smooth and finely sanded or rough and brushed achieved through a variety of techniques, such as brushing, bleaching, staining, varnishing and oiling. The combination of craftsmanship and artistry bring out the unique beauty of the wood and result in pieces of timeless elegance, not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the touch.
The artist selects his wood very carefully, using mostly oak and ash, preferring wood from the forests of Hohenlohe, a small region in the northern part of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. After selecting the felled trees, Buehler immediately goes to work in the forest using an axe and a chain saw to form rough planks. The rest of the work is done in the studio where some of the planks are soaked in large water containers and then turned wet and finally dried. Other planks are roughly turned and set aside to dry. It can take years before these turnings are completed. "
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