Erik Wolken

"My biggest thrill as a furniture maker is the act of creation: the process by which an idea and a rough piece of lumber become reality. "

Inspired by the world around him, both natural and the man-made, Erik Wolken bases his furniture on the interplay of simple geometric shapes—the roof line of a building, the structure of a bridge, the shields of an African tribe.

As he wanders through his sketchbooks, Wolken selects those ideas that have a personality, a sense of motion, and a purpose. As important as that origin may be, however, the reality of his desks, chairs, benches, and cabinets is determined by his ability to invigorate abstract sketches with life.

After receiving a BA in geography from West Virginia University, Woken studied fine woodworking at Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina.

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Two Heads Are
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,600
Faces of the Future No. 3
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,500
Faces of the Future No. 1
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,500
I Have No Mouth Vol.2
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,400
Figure I
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 450
Figure II
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 450
Feathered Birds
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
Birds of a Feather
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,400
Up a Creek - Redux
Wood Hall Table

$ 4,050
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC, 2001
Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, 2001
Elliott Museum, Stuart, FL, 2000
Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2000
Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, 1997