Monday, November 26, 2012

Giveaway :: The Woodsman Shop

Just in time for the holidays, The Woodsman Shop, my adorable husband, is giving away a set of white letter tiles LET IT SNOW + a snow flake.  

These tiles make me think of White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing "Snow" on the train ride to Vermont.  

His shop opened this month on Etsy and is full of holiday inspired art.

I'd like to introduce you to Abraham Bates and The Woodsman Shop  ::

How would you describe your work?
Rustic-modern art made from reclaimed wood and created for living environments. 

How did you get started?
A year ago my neighbor gave me his old chop saw.  I built a small cottage house in our backyard for my wife as a Mother's day present.  Determined to surprise her, I framed in the walls by balancing them on ladders and tying them to the roof of our garage.  It was a rewarding experience to build something I created.  Since then I began experimenting with reclaimed wood, paint, letters, numbers, and images.

Where do you find inspiration?
Marcel Duchamp-who was the originator of found art.  I enjoy the challenge taking something that was originally discarded and making it into art.
Jean Michel Basquiat-who was the king of graffiti art in NYC.  My addiction to painting on boards comes from his work.  
Portland-the culture of the city I live, with it's bridges, bikes, art, music, coffee, and people.

What is something unique about you?
I have four kids and I think each one is a character in a novel.  Abigail, the aspiring artist, Ethan, the introspective writer, Sophia, the leading actress, and Charlotte the beautiful dancer.  I also have a twin brother and drink copious amounts of good coffee.

To enter the giveaway head over to The Woodsman Shop on Etsy and add his shop to your favorites.   You can also have an additional entry by liking his facebook page here.  Then come back to my blog and leave a comment letting me know.  This giveaway is open to residents of the US.  

The giveaway closes on Wednesday 28th at 5pm PST and will be announced on my blog the following day.  This giveaway is officially closed...check back tomorrow to see who the winner is.

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