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“Thank you again for accepting my work into your gallery.  Attached is my biography along with pictures that show my workshop and process of making the shells.”  –Mike Brown.

 

About Mike Brown, master wood sculptor:

Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods.

During his school days he took all different types of shop classes including various crafts, leather work, and metal but didn’t start working with wood until he started working at a glass shop at the age of 15 ½. His first boss, Doyle Clapper, was his mentor and shared with Mike his love of woodworking along with giving Mike a broad knowledge of all aspects of construction.

After 35 years, Mike retired from the glass business and finally could pursue his passion for woodworking fulltime. He started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures, taking classes from Judy Gale Roberts, a premier intarsia artist. He won multiple Best of Show awards at the annual Artistry in Wood juried shows.

The internet is a wonderful thing and he happened upon Steve Garrison’s E-book on creating wooden sea shells. This became his new passion and once again he won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his nautilus shells.

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The shells range from 35 to 170 wedges of wood and each one takes up to 40 hours to cut, glue, sand, and finish. He uses exotic woods such as Padauk, Purple Heart, Myrtle wood, and Birdseye Maple, and completes them with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish.

Mike has a love for the outdoors and finds time to hunt, fish, and camp with his wife and two dogs. He has climbed 3 of the northwest cascade-range mountains (Hood, St. Helen’s, and Adams). Being outdoors, planning new adventures, and exploring out-of-the-way places in the Northwest and beyond provides him with the inspiration for his next projects.