From the start of his artistic career Brad Sells has sought to redefine the "means and ends" of fine wood art carving. The advice of colleagues, a keen determination, and the use of personally designed custom-built tools have resulted in the pioneering of a unique sculpting process. Each sculpture or vessel begins as a carefully selected hardwood bole, which he shape into flowing, organic forms with hydraulic chainsaws. Through the arduous use of a variety of customized grinders, the vessel is gradually reduced and thinned to a consistent wall thickness, refined by exhaustive sanding, and hand rubbed to a lustrous, almost translucent finish.
Brad Sells/ Bark Studio