Michael Kehs and Bob Rotche | Cornoquercus

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Michael Kehs and Bob Rotche | Cornoquercus
Michael Kehs, Quakertown, Pennsylvania | Bob Rotche, Blacksburg, Virginia

Cornoquercus, 2020
Basswood, western cedar
7 x 7.5 x 5 inches | 17.78 x 19.05 x 12.7 cm

Michael Kehs
I live on a wooded piece of land in upper Bucks County, PA. This was a deliberate action to live among the trees, the raw material of my passion. Being close to these giants has instilled a sense of respect and love for nature. My artistic view is most often toward the beauty of all things natural. My early years in Dad's shop spurred an interest in woodworking that lasts to this day. We would make beautiful bird houses together. The smell of cutting walnut still takes me back to that wonderful time. I worked as a stone mason for many years. This experience taught me to look for balance in the total piece, and a work ethic to get the job done. I left my masonry job of 28 years in 2006 to pursue my lifelong dream of working wood full time. I build custom furniture and artistic wood turning and carving. Teaching wood carving and wood turning in my studio is a very satisfying part of my business. I have been exploring caves for several decades now. This has been an avid pursuit which spills over into my artwork, resulting in critical acclaim. These pieces are in collections around the USA Europe,and Australia.

Bob Rotche
I grew up in a home where it was normal to have an easel set up in the living room. My mom was a painter and my grandparents, who lived in the apartment below us were both artists as well. I always loved making things but my career path took me in a different direction. I continued to work with wood when circumstances allowed but it wasn't until about 2010 when I got to spend some time with the wood lathe that I really understood the drive my family felt to create.

Now, as my career is winding down, I feel driven to explore the boundaries of wood art and sculpture. Inspired by man's interaction with nature, the way organic interacts with inorganic, the way geometric shapes interact with free form curves and the way color and texture can affect all of the above. The well is deep and I have only sampled the surface. I feel excited and privileged to be able to explore what lies below.