Archive - July 2012

Michael McAlear

Posted July 25, 2012

These are trees made out of rust and twigs. Two are mounted  on wood and one is mounted on an old license plate gas cap cover. (Are you old enough to remember those?)

Today's artist spotlight is on Michael McAlear. Michael is a self taught artist that makes art out of old or discarded objects. Some of his art even goes beyond that and into using what others would deem completely useless. Michael often makes art out of metal so rusted that it is almost to the point of being desintegrated, but not quite.

He is also a gifted carpenter. A mid 19th century barn was recently torn down on the property where his house sits and he was given access to some of the wood from that barn. He is making wine racks, tables, benches and whatever else he can dream up. The wood is extremely hard and weathered and he utilizes the original joining pegs and hardware in some of his designs.

Michael's work opitimizes our philosophy here at Hazel Tree. Respect for the beauty and quality of things of  the past and utilizing as many materials that already exist as possible. He has been with us from the begining and we hope he always will be, because we absolutely love his work.

Two candle holders made out of old pipes and pieces of a lawn aerator ($125, $50), a rust lotus flower ($100),and, yes, that's a hand grenade ($65).

Barnwood wine station with original joining peg corkscrew and garden rake glass holder ($450).

Barnwood end tables with glass tops ($300, $250)

End table with glass removed so you can get a better look at the wood. (Those pesky lights make it hard to get a good photo with glass.)

Keena Tomko

Posted July 12, 2012

Our Artist Spotlight today is Keena Tomko. Keena creates hand painted pottery. She uses muted or monochromatic colors that can work in just about any interior. They are whimsical and charming pieces that are useful as well as beautiful. Take a look!