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Laura Mays | Fool's Gold no.2

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Laura Mays | Fool's Gold no.2
Laura Mays, Fort Bragg, California

Fool's Gold no.2, 2020
Redwood (old growth, reclaimed); gold leaf, shellac
3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9" | 10 x 10 x 10 cm

A very small box made with two of the most troublesome commodities in Californian history over the last 150 years or so - especially Northern California - redwood and gold. The landscape we know today, social and natural, was in part shaped by the search and plunder of them both.
The box is made from reclaimed old growth redwood, from the roof beam of a mill that processed the logs here in Fort Bragg, California, and it is lined with gold leaf.

Author and curator Laura Mays is a woodworker, designer and educator. She is the Director of the Fine Woodworking Program at The Krenov School, Mendocino College in Fort Bragg, CA (formerly the College of the Redwoods). Her work is represented in the National Museum of Ireland, and in private and public collections in the US and Ireland. She has written for Fine Woodworking and Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazines. She is profiled in Good Clean Fun, the recent book by Nick Offerman about woodworking, with a chapter about her work and her role as a teacher. She is the founding president of The Krenov Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports the craft of woodworking. (From www.womenwoodworking.org.) Mays was one of three curators for the A Seat at the Table exhibition at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. A book related to the exhibition is in process.

lauramays.com @laurabmays