Sunday, May 10, 2009

Driftwood Art

One of my hobbies is called Driftwood Art. I have been taking this class for about five years. The technique we use is called the LuRon Method. The wood we use is what is called found wood. Mostly driftwood but also wood that is found in the forest.

First, the wood is cleaned by washing with a garden hose to remove any loose debris. Then it is further cleaned by using a sharp tool to remove any dead wood. The object is to get down to good wood. Then we sand the wood until smooth and then comes a technique called boning. We rub the wood with a smooth deer antler. This process seals the wood and gives it a shine. Originally the process was taught to the founder of the LuRon Method, Lucile Worlund, by the Makah Indians.

Here is an example of Driftwood Art.



Want to see more? Visit the Northwest Driftwood Artists Website by clicking here.

4 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Beautiful, Barbara! You should be getting something in the mail very soon....

Clueless in Boston said...

Sounds like a great hobby and art to work on. The picture you show is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

How do you find books or classes on this. I live in florida and have all kinds of driftwood.

Barbara said...

The Pacific Northwest is the only location I know of where this is taught. Contact www.northwestdriftwoodartists.org for a listing of books.