About designer/craftsman RICK BUDD
I am fascinated by the end-grain pattern of hardwoods and enjoy the challenge of combining different shapes, sizes and tones of selected species. In 2016, I began to design and fabricate pendants for necklaces, influenced by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s geometric paintings from the 1920s to 1940s.
In addition to hardwoods such as maple, white oak, red oak, walnut, cherry, ash, tiger wood and others, I sometimes insert slices of end-grain fir because of its distinctively graphic stripes.
The process of making wooden pendants for necklaces and earrings requires a great deal of hand-sanding. All pieces are sanded to a silky smooth finish using 400-grit sandpaper before I apply two coats of my favourite paste wax.
Working with small pieces of wood requires careful attention to detail, and therein lies the joy of artistry and craftsmanship.
I retired to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast following a rewarding 35-year design career in Calgary and Edmonton where I worked as a design manager, senior designer of museum exhibitions and coordinator of gallery installations. I was also involved in numerous graphics projects and publications.
Designer / Woodcrafter