“Seuss” was inspired by the artwork and illustrations of the late American children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Playful and slightly surreal, this climbing tower of Salvaged Spalted Maple consists of approximately 6500 pieces individually stacked into over 270 layers. The tower is anchored to the ground by a large chunk of salvaged Spruce which has been charred using the Japanese Should Sugi Ban technique. The splits in the base have been stabilized using three handout butterfly wedges.
Inspired by the random appearance of old fieldstone walls along with the very precise and strategic manner in which they are constructed, Haining adopted this process for his craft. Beginning each piece with his vision and a box containing thousands of consistently milled scraps cut to random lengths, Richard builds the form hollow, piece by piece, layer by layer, all the while controlling the wall thickness and profile. The result is a terraced form which is then gently sculpted smooth using a variety of handheld tools…there is NO lathe work involved in any of his work.
The one-of-a-kind patterns made by the tiny stacked wooden pieces achieve a quality reminiscent of basketry, ceramics, and mosaic tile work. The finely honed finished surfaces undulate ever so slightly under one’s hand, similar to that of hand built ceramics, inviting one to touch and take in the pleasure of the wood’s surface.
14”wide x 14-5/8”deep x 79”tall Overall Dimensions