Part of the 400 Square family, 400 W. Rich is a group studio site where you will find 12 COSS artists in 10 separate studio spaces. You can park on the street (all spaces are at this time unmetered), in the gravel lot on Lucas and Rich (free), or the parking structure behind River & Rich off McDowell (small fee). To enter, walk east on Rich to the open gated lot just before the railroad bridge, and walk toward the back of that space (follow signs) to the garage door entrance. There you will be greeted by a volunteer with a map of the COSS participating studios within 400. Do NOT use the brightly colored doors on Lucas—those are secure doors for artists only. Be sure the visit my fellow 400 Square artists while you’re here!
Jerry Strine uses only hand tools in creating his sculptures. He believes there is a visceral connection when working wood by hand, and it keeps him centered. Known as “Just Jerry” he is a period cabinetmaker and artistic designer of “all things wood.” Modestly, he would argue, “I’m still an apprentice”.
I’ve worked with wood from an early age. It was 1957, at five years of age, I was given some pine boards by my mother, a handsaw, hammer, nails and chisels. My inspiration for sculpture was kindled by a quote from Joseph Campbell, “Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life…”
I will be working on a sculpture and will discuss how and why I choose one species of wood over another, obtaining the raw material appropriate to the desired results, the hand tools I use to carve, the application of different finishes, and the types of pigments and top coats.
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