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Welcome

I'm an award winning Wood Artist.

creating realistic and artistic wood carvings, designed to fool & please the eye.

Love Lanai

2020

Carved Basswood

Airbrush & Acrylics

For over 25 years I've been carving wood. It's my canvas. Each piece is a unique challenge. I try to capture a simple object's personality, like a shirt, by giving it life, by giving it character.

By taking a simple block of wood and allowing it to begin to form and shape, while fighting the need to be perfect, is something I aspire to everyday. The process allows the piece to form its own character, by which no two pieces are ever the same. 

 

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Constant Battle for Perfection

"Human beings simply cannot create perfection with our hands. We can make things eye-perfect, but measurements will never lie. An object made by hand will have that human stamp on it. That's what gives a piece its soul."

- Eric Gorges

Casual Friday 

2020

Carved Basswood

Airbrush & Acrylics

I was raised with a pencil, brush or tool in my hand. Always on a path to be creative, to work with my hands. At times the path went in different directions, but ultimately landed me where I was supposed to be. 

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Purpose

"I simply want to live in peace, to be kind and respectful to others. To  share and pass down what I know. And leave behind beautiful pieces of art"

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Carving, for me, started with an affinity for duck decoys in the 1980s. Meeting and learning from traditional wood carvers was the foundation I needed. And it grew for there. 

Lost Sole

Carved Basswood

Danish Oil

Pintail

Carved Basswood

Acrylics

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Tradition and Discovery

"Wood is a timeless medium. It can be shaped and transformed. It can remain bare or be covered. My goal is to see how far I can stretch myself and the medium. Each piece I do is a step in that journey."

Whiskey Papillions

2020

Carved Whiskey Barrel

Wood Stains

Artists need a place to create. A space that speaks to them, a space that allows for thought and freedom.

 

I'm fortunate. My creative space is a 100 yr old barn nestled in the Historic District of Downtown McKinney, TX. It's only one of two unique structures still standing and it's my Workshop, Studio and Gallery. 

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Historic & Enduring

The Barn dates back to 1902. This 100 yr old historic structure is my Workshop, Studio & Gallery. It's aura is the perfect place for me to create and get lost in time.  We're slowly bringing her back to life.

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Latest News 

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Masters of Contemporary Art, Vol 3

Casual Friday was selected to be part of the recently published Masters of Contemporary Wood Art, Volume 3. 

This catalog presents an overview of what is currently going on in the world of contemporary wood art by bringing together works of ninety-four internationally recognized masters of woodart from around the world.

Click here to purchase a copy.

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Shoutout DFW

Read the recent Article in Shoutout DFW on my thoughts about stepping out of a corporate career and jumping into the Art World. 

I invite you to see the rest of my portfolio. My work focuses on custom commissions and gallery pieces. If you're interested in my work and want to learn more just reach out. 

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McKinney, TX 

469-964-2649

bob@bobbruu.com

 

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