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Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.
Brian Markham is a woodturner who finds inspiration in the rugged landscapes and natural beauty of Muskoka. His art reveals the complexity and warmth of wood and he specializes in burl.
A burl is a rounded shape on the side of a tree that interrupts the growth pattern and results in uniquely formed and detailed wood, Brian explains. The variations in colour, bark inclusions, and complex figuring add to the beauty of Brian’s bowls, platters and tables.
Brian studies the bark covered burl and turns it on his lathe to best complement its shape and characteristics. The process of sanding, polishing and many coats of a specially blended oil produce a durable, food-safe finish.
“Burl art connects you to nature and adds beauty to your home or cottage,” says Brian.
Big Leaf Maple Burl Platter
Size: 18” round x 3” high
About the artist:
Brian celebrates nature as he creates his burl art in his workshop on Rebecca Lake near Huntsville. A founding member of the Artists of the Limberlost, his workshop is open to the public by appointment throughout the year and during the annual studio tour in August.
See more local art in Doppler’s Art Fx series here.
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