Mon Trésor by Alain Mailland

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Mon Trésor by Alain Mailland
All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Alain Mailland
Chamborigaud, France

Mon Trésor
Rhamnus cathartica (nerprun, buckthorn)
14.5" x 7.8" x 21.5"

This piece was made from a wood called "nerprun" in France, where it is a rare species. It has beautiful bright colors and light inside the grain. This piece was turned, carved, bent, sandblasted, and textured. The ball inside is of the same piece.

About Alain Mailland

Alain Mailland was born on the Ivory Coast and moved with his family back to France when he was five years old. From age twenty to twenty-two, he studied at the National Art School of Cergy-Pontoise. Although he worked as a mason and carpenter in building construction, it was not until he was twenty-eight that he took his first course in woodturning. He began his own shop specializing in interior woodworking: stairs, cabinetry and verandas.

In the early 1990’s, Mailland slowly changed his focus from interior carpentry to turning and has since done nothing but lathe work. Mailland soon developed his own distinctive style and technique, particularly in hollowing. He developed special tools to turn wood flowers, and then used this technique to turn and carve pieces like sea or natural creatures. He uses also off-centering techniques as long as steam bending, texturing and sandblasting. He began showing and selling his work at exhibitions and other craft venues. As his work matured, he continued learning, taking courses with other notable turners such as Andre Martel, Michael Hosaluk, and Terry Martin.