Very Unwood-like Wood Sculptures by Chris Hedrick

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Carved from a single block of wood, Chris Hedrick crafts everyday items and objects and making them appear soft, limp, stretched and fluid.

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His sculptures of tools, clothing, toys and guns are carved at original scale to trick the viewer into thinking they are seeing the natural object as opposed to a carved wood representation of it. Several of his pieces even appear to have textures such as terry cloth, canvas and suede.

Wood Sculptures by Chris Hedrick

Twisted – Carved from a single block of Linden with nails
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Flaccid – Alaskan Yellow Cedar and jute rope
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Double Protection – Linden and Walnut
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A Day’s Labor – Linden, 16 x 8 x 3
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Stretched to the Limit – Linden & nails, 21 x 13 x 3
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Chuck – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 12 x 6 x 4
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Off of Work – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 24 x 20 x 4
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Trayvon – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 38 x 11 x 4
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Suite of Socks – Linden, 12 x 24 x 3
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Toil – Alaskan Yellow Cedar & nail, 32 x 14 x 4 (the title is a nod to the book “Toil” by Jody Procter)
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Easter Dress – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 30 x 16 x 4
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Soft & Fluffy – Linden, 20 x 9 x 3
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Impaled – Linden, 16 x 8 x 3
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White Collar Noose – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 18 x 8 x 3
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Taking a Dip – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 24 x 17 x 4
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Mother’s Little Helper – Linden, 6 x 8 x 2
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Sack O’Hammers – Alaskan Yellow Cedar, 20 x 12 x 4
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Wall O’Parfleche – Parfleche are Native American rawhide carrying cases that are decorated with incising and paint. Hedrick’s pieces are essentially wooden portraits of actual pieces. Even the ties are carved out of wood.
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Conjoined – Poplar and hedge clippers, 24″ x 16″ x 3″
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Knotty Hoe – Poplar, 28″ x 6″ x 4″
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Draped Hacksaw – Linden, 20″ x 10″ x 3″
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Hedrick doesn’t confine his sculpture to carving. His other 3-D pieces are created from combining found objects – sticks, doll parts, boxes – into human-like figures.
You can see more of his work here