...to the mind of Iain Bruce. While most material here is current, some has been stored away for decades. Yes, prints of old sketches are still available and Iain can be commissioned for new projects including wood carving, concrete features, and all sorts of architectural oddities in between.


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Renovations


Artistic Renovations. Iain enjoys breathing life into the old rather than building new. "The old has stories that should be featured, not covered up". Visit Union 22 in Cobble Hill; the building is just as beautiful as the furniture inside.

Wood Carving


Some people are very fortunate to know what they want to do with their lives right from the start. Iain discovered the joy of wood carving almost 50 years later, but he has big ambitions for the future. Look to see his wood work in late 2018.

Adventure


Not directly related to his business, but the adventures on this page inspire to create. Iain loves to explore dilapidated old buildings. "Rust, rot, and peeling paint... perfection".

Concrete


With concrete, the pour is always frantic and the finished pieces are always bold. Thoughtful design and mold construction practices are rewarded, and the stains, scratches, and patina which develop over time make concrete all the more desirable.

Prints


Twenty years ago, Iain devoted his time to computer game design. Before that it was good old pen and paper. These prints are old, yellowed and even stained, but he keeps them available for sale because people enjoy them.

Half of all net proceeds from these prints will be donated to a local charity providing school supplies to kids who need them.

 

Disclaimer

A terrible salesman, Iain will be the first to say, "material possessions will not bring happiness!" What they can do, is reveal the path you wanted to walk. It is his hope to create emotion, positive reflection towards who you were, are, and can be with each new day. So take a deep breath and be grateful.

Creating the Art

Several ingredients are required to craft a physical object that can invoke positive self reflection.

  1. Knowledge of your family history is most helpful to discover symbols, patterns, and designs from your heritage to incorporate into a piece. But family history also reminds us to be proud, respectful of ourselves and others. That said, some of Iain's greatest art pieces had foggy beginnings.

  2. Old world natural materials such as wood, glass, steel and stone must be used whenever possible. It is easy to find beautiful pieces created using plastic, resins, or melamine, but those materials have tainted beginnings making them difficult to respect long term. They do not compare to a hand carved Douglas Fir post from your Great Aunt's sun deck, now salvaged and passed to your great grandchildren for another project.

  3. The methods and tools used to create the piece are just as important. Yes, Iain will fire up a chainsaw, table saw, and mitre saw when a project requires them. But, much of his time is spent using and sharpening hand tools like gouges, block planes and saws. There is no room in his life for computer driven wood working tools as they remove the sense of touch and sound from creation. And they must be present.

Iain apologizes if he comes across as short or rough. There are many skilled and passionate craftsman using many different methods to create beautiful pieces. His life experience and personal beliefs have led him to this point, but they are just that, his personal beliefs.

Iain Bruce