Art Work Of Denise Nielsen and George Worthington
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you come up with the idea of
wood hats, shoes and purses?
Our technique for creating and carving the wood hats evolved over a period of years into the pieces shown here. We first worked as jewelers, carving in wax and precious metals with flexible shaft power tools. We realized with some modifications that we could carve larger sculptural wood pieces using the same technique. We wanted to carve something different, changing an every day item into a work of art. We enjoyed carving pieces that looked like fabric. We realized that hats offered an unlimited canvas for our creative expression.
How do I take care of the wood hat,
shoe, purse or
To clean a hat we use a soft clean cloth to wipe down the open areas of the hats, and a soft feather duster to remove any dust from the flowers and recessed areas. The hats are finished with a "Danish Oil". We feel that any "Danish Oil" can be used for a touch up. Make sure that the oil is colorless and is called Natural. Use a clean piece of cloth and only dampen it with the smallest amount of oil and lightly wipe the hat. Wipe off any extra oil. Be careful around any flower petals. The Holly flowers should not be oiled, you donít want to accidentally color or stain them. The Vera flowers or leaves should not be oiled, as the natural wood patina color will bleed into the surrounding woods. We do not recommend displaying the hat in direct sun light or where it will be subjected to extreme temperature or humidity changes. The Alabaster flowers need only to be dusted with a soft feather duster. No additional finish should be applied.
Are they turned on a lathe? Do you bend
the wood? Do you use one solid piece of wood?
The hats are CARVED out of many pieces of wood. We CARVE the cap, band and brim separately and then assemble it. Each flower petal is a single CARVED piece and then we glue them together to make the flower.
Where do you get your supplies?
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Do you take special orders?
Special orders are subject to availability of wood or stone and handled on an individual basis.
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