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A Visit with Sean Woolsey

April 26, 2013

Back in January I had a chance to visit Sean Woolsey, an artist and woodworker in Costa Mesa, CA. Sean’s a cool, down-to-earth guy whose been lucky enough to create a business that allows him to follow his passions.

I spent almost 3 hours filming and photographing him in his workshop/studio and was privileged to be the first person to see him “finishing” one of his art pieces.

What follows are photos from that day. You can hop over to Cultivated for a short film that shows all the work that goes into his art.

Details around his workshop/loft:
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Sean marking one of his cutting boards before trimming
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Finishing a cutting board
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Sean has a small retail space attached to his workshop where he sells stuff from friends as well as vintage items and his own work:
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Sean uses sheet metal as his art canvas and treats it with a variety of substances to create a chemical reaction, creating the colors and patterns seen here. This is prior to his finishing with resin which seals and protects the art:
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This was my favorite shot of the day. I love how the art looks like a topographical map:
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Sean woodworking skills come in handy when he attaches a black walnut frame to another piece of art. He then applies a natural oil finish to the wood:
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Definitely check out Sean Woolsey’s site for more of his work. He makes beautiful lamps, cutting boards, furniture, and art.

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