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Josh Vogel

By Tom Ran

Published September 13, 2011

Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Josh Vogel runs his hand over a fallen tree

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel runs his hand over a fallen tree

Through the woods

Photo: Mindy Best

Through the woods

Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

A lake in the distance

Photo: Mindy Best

A lake in the distance

Walnut tree stumps

Photo: Mindy Best

Walnut tree stumps

Left: A sculpture in production Right: Found in the woods

Photo: Mindy Best

Left: A sculpture in production Right: Found in the woods

A butterfly joint ready to be inserted into the sculpture

Photo: Mindy Best

A butterfly joint ready to be inserted into the sculpture

Chisels, carving knife and sharpening jig

Photo: Mindy Best

Chisels, carving knife and sharpening jig

Josh Vogel honing a chisel

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel honing a chisel

Josh Vogel sharpens one of his chisels

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel sharpens one of his chisels

Josh Vogel sharpens one of his chisels

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel sharpens one of his chisels

Wood chips flying from the tree trunk

Photo: Mindy Best

Wood chips flying from the tree trunk

Josh Vogel

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel

Josh Vogel at the beginning stages of hollowing out the sculpture

Photo: Mindy Best

Josh Vogel at the beginning stages of hollowing out the sculpture

A work in progress

Photo: Mindy Best

A work in progress

A small cherry burl turning, roughly 8'' diameter

Photo: Mindy Best

A small cherry burl turning, roughly 8'' diameter

Top view of a drum shape turning made of sweet gum

Photo: Mindy Best

Top view of a drum shape turning made of sweet gum

Wood chips on the floor

Photo: Mindy Best

Wood chips on the floor

Keep your tools close

Photo: Mindy Best

Keep your tools close

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We visited Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. in late 2010 and kick started this year with a feature on the wood sculptor based in Kingston, New York. Our experience with him was so profound that we knew we had to pay another visit. This time, to document his story as part of our series. The result is anything like we’ve ever done. This film gives little background on who Josh Vogel is, read our feature for more details. Instead it explores the idea that turning wood is a reductive process. that in essence is a step back in time. As the wood loses a layer, the years are taken away. This abstract idea is a constant that Josh is very aware whenever his chisel touches the bark and steady peels away the rings of time. Watch the video now.

COMMENTS

linden
said at 6am
September 30, 2011

Wood wisdom...I'd love these words in a small booklet...the edges all torn and written in pencil...wood on wood. Lovely.

deadbait.wordpress.com
said at 6pm
October 2, 2011

Superb look into BM&T. Loved it and the film. Scout remains the "original" in my mind.

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