For Chichester carver Michael Martineau, the bears make everything else possible
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent | May 12. 2014 5:17PM
Michael Martineau creates many creatures out of wood, but the favorite of his customers by far is the bear. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
“I’ve always been an artist, and when I saw someone making sculptures with a chainsaw, I thought, ‘I can do that,’” he said.
“I sell more bears than anything else,” said Martineau. “They’re really popular.”
But when things are quiet at Timber Arts, Martineau takes that time to focus on more refined pieces. Inside his shop, there are delicate faces carved into large burls (the bulbous growths on trees caused by disease but which possess swirling wood grains inside). The faces stare out from the burls, the wood warm and polished to perfection, and they’re both eerie and beautiful at the same time.
But Martineau said if it weren’t for his bears, his exploration of fine art couldn’t happen.
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