Beginning with a rough-hewn solid block of wood from a felled tree in Kentucky, Chris Ramsey places the block on a lathe which rotates the wood at a selected speed. Chris sculpts the “blank” into a hat that weighs only 7 to 9 ounces and can be comfortably worn, or into a bowl or other form. All of Ramsey’s art works are crafted from a single, unique piece of wood with no gluing or joining of individual pieces. All pieces are durable and have twenty coats of lacquer applied over a period of days, followed by hand sanding.
Chris’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY.