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Reclaimed Wood: Woodwork by Steve Sziklai

A set of three fir charcuterie boardsCharcuterie boards, fir

Steve Sziklai is a woodworker who uses reclaimed wood -- cast off from from commercial manufacturers, found on beaches, or rescued from backyards and basements -- to produce everything from small household objects to furniture. 

A handmade cutting board with strips of different woodMulti-species board, primarily maple and black walnut


Much of the work that Steve produces evokes a warm sense of home -- many simple cutting boards and serving platters are minimally adorned but sculpted with obvious care and attention to detail. The artist has an obvious talent for exploiting the contrasting colours and grains of different woods, sometimes fitting small pieces together to build striking patterns. Each of these small pieces seems like a celebration of the texture and colour of the wood itself, placing emphasis on looking at once-discarded materials in a fresh light. 

A screen capture of Steve Sziklai's woodwork art


Alongside household objects, Steve also dabbles in sculpture for sculpture’s sake, making works like Lady of the Lake, a polished and lightly manipulated tree limb that takes on a persona of its own placed on the waterfront of a BC lake.

A photo of an outdoor wood sculptureLady of the Lake

About the author

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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