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Vladimir Bakun

Posted in art, crafts - art by menno1976 on November 1, 2009

Today I went to the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam and saw lots of nice things… I love Vladimir Bakun‘s smooth wooden sculptures. They were surprisingly light (yes we were allowed to pick them up), since they’re hollow.  

Vladimir was born in Siberia and learned to work with wood in the lumber camps in the dense Siberian forests. 

His dad, an accomplished woodworker himself, taught him the refined Russian woodworking techniques. Later on, at the foot of Kuznetskiy Alatau ( Кузнецкий Алатау) he learned to carve spirit totems under the guidance of members of a local Mongolian tribe.

In 1993 he moved to the Netherlands, where it was much harder to find nice wood. He nonetheless pursued his quest for creating beautiful wooden sculptures by using local driftwood and broken branches he found in the dunes along the coast.

Vladimir developed a special technique to bring out the ‘heart’ of the wood.

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