steve folkers

steve folkers
With a formal education in biology, and fascinated since childhood by the varying ways ancient and foreign cultures have related to nature, Arkansas wood artist Steve Folkers aspires to a close connection to the environment, viewing it to be far more than mere "natural resources". Primarily, he hand carves individually designed spoons and bowls directly from the tree, very much influenced by traditional methods. Working the wood this way, by splitting, hewing, shaving and carving, the artist allows the hand tools to respond constantly to the grain. This aids in forming a strong design, emphasizing the beauty of the material and serving a function naturally.