Folksy Find of the Week – number 1
Hand-Carved Moth Collection by Devon Moths
Every day we scour Folksy to bring you artists, designers and makers you may have never come across before. In this new series we’ll be highlighting one piece, either chosen by us or by a special guest, revealing it the Folksy Weekly newsletter (if you haven’t already signed up, why not, it’s always full of inspiration – you can subscribe to it here) and telling you a little bit about the story behind that object here.
For our very first Folksy Find of the Week, we’re setting the bar pretty high with the incredible hand-carved moths by Andre Daniel of Devon Moths, which have been sculpted in Bur Oak, Yew and Laburnum, and mounted in a distressed black frame. – Framed Wooden Moth Collection by Devon Moths.
Andre is a boatbuilder-turned-artist, who grew up in Plymouth and spent much of my childhood around boats. After 10 years crewing super yachts “sailing to remote archipelagos at the whim of wealthy clients” (during which time he spent so little time on dry land that he didn’t even own a pair of shoes), Andre moved to Scotland to hone his craft skills making furniture. When he returned to live in Devon, he became fascinated by the variety of moths he encountered in woodland and began studying them and rendering their wings and markings using wood from windfallen trees.
Each of Andre’s moths is carved in a variety of native British timber, and he only uses wood from fallen trees to create his pieces. As he explains:
I don’t fell a tree to make a moth; it’s the little obscure pieces that I find that would otherwise not be used for anything else.
Watch Andre Daniel talk to the BBC programme Escape to the Country about his magnificent moths here > https://vimeo.com/216146531
I love the whole process of creating each individual moth from sourcing the wood to examining the grain and then designing and carving a unique piece.
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