Pat Reddemann wood artist
I am hooked on wood!
When I was in grade school I remember sitting in an overly warmed garage with my grandfather, who was showing me how to hold a tool the correct way in order to make feathers on the wings of a wooden eagle that he was carving. I was awed by the chance to help carve.
I remember one trip with my dad to a farm way out in the country. It was a supreme privilege to be able to go along because they were cutting down a tree in a farmer's field for our fireplace in the city. I endured an entire cold morning standing in the field, trying to keep my feet warm just waiting until the tree was down and the logs were finally small enough for me to pick up and carry to the trailer, which was my only allowed contribution. (It took a few more years before I could persuade my father to let me help him split wood with the long handled ax!)
As a young adult I tried to find housing that had a fireplace or wood stove. I would take my chain saw anywhere to cut up free wood and stack it in my back yard. Many friends began to refuse to help me move after I asked them to stack the firewood in the U-Haul along with my furniture.
It took me well into adulthood to realize that my love and need for wood could come from a source other than fireplace logs. I began to carve wood and was flooded with fond memories of my grandfather, who taught me way more than a small tomboy could appreciate. I was once again hooked on wood, only this time I was creating chips and sawdust in my living room. I carved figures of animals, plates with patterns and bowls and loved the sensations of the various woods. The smell, the feel, the texture and the grain were all a tremendous surprise. I was learning a great deal about myself through the wood and through the process of transforming the wood into objects.
Finally I was introduced to the wood lathe and have been turning wood ever since. I even have friends who help me scavenge for wood now because they too see the beauty in the finished turned bowl. For me, wood is life. We grow, change and are transformed by our experiences, just as a tree trunk has grown and can be transformed into a phenomenal piece of art.
My goal is for you to see the life in my work. May you enjoy!