Hello, My name is Shlomit. I am a wood sculptor and a chainsaw carver from Warburton, Victoria.
Up until 2015, I used to work from my office creating graphic design artwork in front of the computer – it was a good job, and I felt creative some of the time but I didn’t move much and there was something I loved more – wood! Carving, shaping, inhaling and even the meditative act of sanding really inspire me. So, I decided, ‘That’s enough! Time to move my body and let my heart sing’. It has been a serious leap of faith, but I figured that there is a chance for me to be truly happy and blessed passing my days doing what I love. And the truth is – it is so.
The use of the chainsaw for my work, for me, is like any other tool. Chainsaws are versital and allow working with large pieces of wood.
Where do I get my wood from? I am a passionate wood collector, and when I see a nice piece of wood lying around somewhere, I will pick it up, if it is not too heavy, and pop it in my car. I live near a rainforest so there always seems to be pieces of wood treasure near the road, especially after storms. I am lucky to have a solid network of encouraging people that let me know when there is a tree down or if they have found something interesting.
When I need specific large pieces for carving I can get them from a local Mill, I mostly use Cyprus, which isn't a native tree and is harvested sustainably and locally.
When I started my wood carving business in 2017 I was selling mostly through markets until at the end of 2018 I was discovered by landscape architects and since then been busy doing larger commissions for playgrounds, schools and private people, among my clients Parks Victoria and Stonington Council.
I am a member of the Associations of sculptures Victoria and Yarra Valley Arts.
I am truly grateful to be doing what I do, and appreciate your time reading this long story. If you have any questions about any of my pieces, or would like to discuss creating your own unique piece, please don't hesitate to send me a message.