Leonard Locatis, Wood Artist
After remodeling houses for 11 years I consistently finished jobs with scraps of unique or old wood that I just couldn’t throw away. Each piece of wood had an innate beauty, but most were too small to use for a traditional project.
At the time I enjoyed riding my bike around in Bend, Oregon. As I looked at the landscape of the area I was inspired by the shapes and textures I found in nature.
Eventually all I could see was different shaped pieces of wood in place of real objects. Eventually I knew I had to try my hand at making these left over scraps into something more. My first project was of Mt. Hood and it was for my wife at Christmas.
Why do you do what you do?
My passion is the history of the wood.
I am fascinated by the story behind each board. How old growth trees slowly grew for 100’s of years in to a beautiful giant. Creating life in the forest, pure air to breath and habitat for all kinds of life beneath its outstretched branches.
Old wood was milled in a time unlike today, using old milling tools that leave unmistakable characteristics that cannot be reproduced. These boards are from a time gone by and have been replaced for building, but have so much character, value and history. I feel like the wood still has a story to tell through the wood Grain and texture and for generations to come.