Brackenwood Gallery

A gallery on Whidbey Island, WA representing the very best in fine arts and crafts from the pacific northwest.

GARY LEAKE


A woodworker whose passion is to search the countryside for a special one-of-a-kind, piece of timber, be it cherry (a favorite), maple, walnut or cocobolo, that has character (meaning highly figured, tigered, spalted, etc) and turn it into a finely engineered and ultimately beautiful piece of furniture, so unique it is considered a work of art. Gary's technique tends to be influenced by methods and styles of earlier times, using antique woodworking tools and skills (although he does use a bandsaw from time to time). Other influences: ancient Japanese joinery, "Shaker-style furniture, Colonial-style furniture, Early American hand tool techniques and a natural finish look. Moving to Whidbey Island in 2000 proved to be even more tempting for Gary to expand his horizons and express his artistic talent. In pursuit of his passion, he spends hours (and hours and hours - just ask Sandy) dreaming up ideas, finding that perfect piece of timber and finally creating a true work of art.

Gary credits his Grandfather for nurturing what has become a keen appreciation for all things wooden. Many of Gary’s antique woodworking tools and skills were inherited from this wonderfully patient master cabinet-maker. The natural character of wood, which acts as a catalyst for moving the abstract idea to reality, truly drives the final design, the idea for which may have been floating around for as long as a year. Thus each artistic creation is truly unique. Each piece is carefully crafted by hand using many of the woodworking techniques and tools employed during the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. The resultant ‘feel’ and warmth of the wood can only be experienced by touching and caressing it. Gary’s labors of love demonstrate his creativity as a contemporary artist and his woodworking skills.


 

Brackenwood Gallery   |   302 First Street   |   Langley, WA   |   98260   |   360-221-2978   |   brackenwoodgallery@whidbey.com

 


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