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Natural Colors and Grains: Woodwork by Ken Vick

A walnut rocking chairChair #2 The Survivor, walnut and American cherry wood

Woodworker Ken Vick creates a wide range of custom furniture, specializing in rocking chairs. The artist’s pieces have a sturdy, masculine feel to them, and emphasize the natural colors and grains of the wood.

A handmade heritage baby cradleHeritage Baby Cradle, mahogany with ebony plugs


In our previous feature of Ken’s custom, handmade furniture, we looked at some of the artist’s specialized projects, like blanket boxes, and jewelry boxes. Often because of the handmade, one-of-a-kind nature of the pieces, the furniture has a very family-oriented feel to it. Like Ken’s recent Heritage Baby Cradle, the pieces seem designed to be passed down from generation to generation. The artist frequently embraces the natural look of unfinished wood grain in his pieces, similar to the natural look of Enrique Morales’ custom furniture.

The front page of Ken Vick's art

Of course, Ken also focuses on creating his custom rocking chairs. Each chair that Ken produces is one of a kind and represents over 30 years of Ken honing his craft. I look forward to seeing how Ken’s practice has evolved in recent years.

An up-close photo of a rosewood deskRosewood Desk (detail)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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