Norm Sartorius has been making wooden spoons since the 1970s, and he decided early on to dedicate himself to exploring the sculptural possibilities in these small wood pieces. Norm’s spoons reflect his sensitivity to each piece of tree that comes his way. Each one is a wonder to look upon and a lesson in itself. I had the pleasure of meeting Norm a few years ago. He’s a great guy and he gave me a lot of encouragement for my own carving.
I just wanted to help spread the word about a new book celebrating decades of work by Norm, soon to be published by The Center for Art in Wood. Information about the book and various options can be found here, and there is a pre-order form here available through December 31st.
And, looking ahead, The Center for Art in Wood is planning an exhibition of Norm’s work that will open on May 6, 2022 and run through July.
I really enjoy Norm’s work and look forward to this book. His forms definitely inspired me to try my own style, much like your work does, Dave. Thank you for sharing this.
I can see Norm’s influence in your beautiful work, Russ. He has influenced so many carvers.
Thanks for sharing the work of Norm Sartorius – absolutely stunning! It is reminiscent of the work Barry Gordon (Syracyse NY) has done over the years. Thanks for sharing Dave.
Yes, Barry’s work is incredible too http://barrygordon.com/ — and he is also a wonderful, kind guy. Like Norm, he has an amazing eye and sensitivity to the material. Thanks for pointing out the connection here.
Every time I look at Norm’s work, I find myself holding my breath. The way he transforms a piece of wood in to an Art piece is just breath taking. I ordered Norm’s book a while back. I am seriously looking forward to looking at it. I may have to hook myself up to a CPAP machine in order to read it however.
Ha! His pieces do take one’s breath away. You may already be aware of this, but the Center for Art in Wood is planning an exhibition of Norm’s work, opening on May 6, 2022 and running through July. I forgot to mention that in the post, and will add that information now.
Thanks Dave Much appreciated. Norm
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