Woodwork, Wooden Pens
About the Artist
Brian Scharold makes these wonderful wooden bowls. And his daughter Chelsea makes wooden pens. She is a freshman in college this year and her father brought these in to sell.
I got to Manie in '86 with the Navy and just fell in love with the place, and we decided to live here. I'm originally from Cincinatti, but this is a much better place to live.
I was in the Navy, I was a jet engine mechanic, then I retired from the Navy, and then I worked for Sears as an automotive mechanic, and then I got picked for this. I'm a Sears repairman. We're up in the Greenville area all the time to go camping.
The other thing I like about Maine is, up in the area I work in, up in Northern Maine, one particular time I was in a town that had a traffic light, which is a pretty rarity in Maine. There was a car in front of me. We were stopped at a light. I was looking at my computer. I look up and the car in front of me is gone because the light changed. And there were two or three cars behind me and nobody honked their horn.
A lot of my inspiration is trial and error. Or I'll see something in the wood, a cutting board. What I've been doing now with all my mosaic bowls, I saw a cutting board made out of rhombuses, which are 30 degree parallelograms, and I just ran with that, played with that.
I do a lot of mockups and picture taking and get a lot of feedback from people. Sometimes it just strikes me as something to do, like hey, a teapot! Sometimes a piece of wood has a character to it that I try to bring out, especially burls, which is a circular cancer that grows on a tree. You can look at those sometimes. But you never know what you're going to get when you start turning out of it. You want to get the most out of it, the biggest piece of bowl, but also get the most out of it, the most beauty. Sometimes you find a good looking piece of wood and think, "I've got to make something out of this. I've got to turn it."
All the pens you see up there at the gallery are my daughter's. She makes all the pens.
What's the Rest of the Story?
In the winter one time, I ran off the road. I just slid on the ice...
To get the rest of the story, ask Becky at Gallery on the Lake!
Brian Scharold Photos
Are you looking for something special, unique, and authentically Maine?
Gallery on the Lake is the heart of the Moosehead Arts District. Our artwork is 100% Made in Maine! See our video.
Artwork is always coming and going. We have many new items, and may not have exactly what you see. Ask us! We take orders by phone and email, and can send you photos of what we have. We take special requests, too.
Click any image for a larger size.