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Christiane Stolhofer with old pieces of wood in front of her studio, looking at one piece in particular.An old piece of wood on the ground in the bush in northern Botswana. The piece looks weathered, but still has a solid hardwood.An old piece of wood on the ground in the bush in northern Botswana. The piece looks weathered, but still has a solid hardwood.
The Wood Sculptures
The artist Christiane Stolhofer is standing at her work bench holding her wooden sculpture. On the bench are lying two wood working adzes.

The old wood pieces Christiane works with are from fallen logs she finds in the bush, old roots from building sites, or firewood sold on the road side.

Christiane uses hand tools only for carving, and the fine finish of the wood surfaces requires patient hand sanding over many weeks.

“In my sculpture, I aim to bring the natural shape of the wood closer to the controlled expressions of my ideas. This relationship is based on extending the inherent beauty of the organic form to a concept. Lines and shapes have to come together in a balanced and visually pleasing way from all angles, to delay the eye of the beholder. This delay can create a sense of deep satisfaction, as it is beauty that feeds the inner, silent moment of observation.”

See some of Christiane’s recent work.

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