Tim Schwarz from Love Of The Grain Workshop
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style I would say would be natural-rustic-farmhouse. As my business name states I love wood grain. Every tree even if its the same species varies from one to the other. There are natural things in the soil and more that can add special character to the graining as well. So you never really know what it will look like before milling it. Some of my best sellers would be my epoxy art pieces, my fractal burned items and specifically my charcuterie/cutting boards. I began doing this work on the side after my 9-5 to supplement income. Then over time and with lots of social media posts I grew a quick following locally and even picked up some out of state work. Now it is a part time job and hopefully eventually a full time job for me and my sons who are also learning the trade.
How did you learn your craft?:
I really don’t have any formal training. I like working with my hands and have always been pretty good at picking things up. My mother says I get my woodworking skills from my Grandfather. As if it’s something that can be handed down genetically. I would like to think that is possible. I do research online as well as get inspiration from other fellow woodworkers around the world. Always trying to better my craft and learn new tricks and techniques. Like the ancient art of Shou-Sugi-Ban which loosely translates to charred cedar. A process which can produce some of the most beautiful wood you’ve ever seen. Or the very dangerous fractal wood burning. Which took a bit to perfect and lots of research so I can do it safely.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I look forward to meeting Tuttleworks. I’ve always had a nitch for industrial design. And have dabbled a bit with up-cycling some old stage lights and more into cool lighting.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I definitely create better alone and early in the morning while my mind is fresh. And with music playing loudly. I like a wide variety of musical styles and genres. And so I like to change it up daily and think that that helps me design and be creative. I have a garage I work out of. But I typically work outside as it is usually to packed with wood, tools and projects. And I prefer to be in the fresh air anyway.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Don’t be afraid to stand out and to do things no one else has. If you like something someone else has done. Perfect it yourself then out your own personal style or spin on it to make it unique to you. Definitely follow other similar artists for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to share your techniques with other fellow artists. The world works better when we work together to make beautiful things. Use social media constantly and be responsive to people reaching out. I have never ever paid for an ad. And I have done very well thanks to facebook, instagram and youtube.
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