Gargoyles was turned from a wood knot that came to life.
Maurice Clabaugh wasn't always a woodturner (his PhD is in a different topic altogether), but everything in his life led him up to where he is right now, a woodturning visionary in the heart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He began turning in 1991. Before that, he had no formal training in any art form, and had no knowledge of lathe turnings as well. He is completely self-taught and uses his keen observations and innate ability to focus on nature's extraordinary handiwork (i.e., bark inclusions, wood grain figures, knotholes and various wood colorations).
He has trained himself to become a wood turner and artist who specializes in "natural" contemplative art pieces. He creates his pieces in harmony with, and brings special attention to, the unique variations nature places in each piece of wood he turns.
Each piece of art tells the story of a unique tree, and each piece of wood is as distinct as the nose on someone's face. For Gargoyles, Mr. Clabaugh used an oak knot. His website offers the background perspective:
If you'd like to learn woodturning, Mr. Clabaugh currently teaches classes to persons age 11 and older. We are excited to see what incredible turnings he contributes to the Creek Wood Art Contest, an effort to bring life and beauty from the trees torn down by the 2011 tornados. Until then, go ahead and get lost in the wonder of Mr. Clabaugh's inspiring tree tales.
Learn more about the woodturning world of Maurice Clabaugh: