New Work: Thunderhead

I finished a small wood sculpture I’ve been working on for a number of months today. A friend wants to buy it as a gift, or it would probably still be sitting in the garage studio collecting dust. I had been toying with ways to apply it to a sort of base for some time, not liking any of the ideas I’d come up with so far.


It’s crafted from a salvaged board, a very crooked board, of unknown variety. My best guess is that it’s sycamore, although it really seems too heavy for that. Can you say a lot, a lot of sanding.

I really like the little guy (about seven inches tall), although when I applied a beeswax finish a couple of the laminated joints showed up more than I wanted. The form and finish are beautiful nonetheless, and I sense that similarly abstracted storms will be forthcoming both in wood and clay.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to New Work: Thunderhead

  1. Tim J. says:

    I like the way the laminated wood echos the stratification of a storms, and the atmosphere in general. It complements the shape of the thunderhead very nicely.

  2. Pingback: New Work: Red shelf cloud « The Aesthetic Elevator

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