nichols gallery

2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: August 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists.

August 2 – September 16, 2017

Wendell Rickon
A Bedroom of Furniture and Accessories
in the Rustic, Recycled and Upcycled Tradition

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The idea of creating an entire bedroom of furniture in my style of woodworking has been on my mind for several years, so when I was asked to produce a show at the Mendocino Art Center I knew right away what the theme would be.

There are some items that I have been wanting to make for a long time so they will be featured. A queen size headboard of local Rhododendron makes up the largest piece with a barnwood blanket box to match at the foot of the bed. The chest of drawers uses upcycled beadboard, a cast iron stove base with old fruit box ends as drawer fronts. A collection of wooden coat hangers I got when I helped close down my late parent's home have been waiting for a time like this to be made into a unique chair. I like to reuse old window frames in making mirrors. For the first time some spalted wood embellishments have been added to this one. Because I like my pieces to be functional and made from found and rescued materials the useful items in the show are constructed from fire wood, drift wood, wood from burn piles, pallets and even a flywheel.

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Since my childhood, salvaged wood and other wonderful materials found their way into objects of use like scooters, forts, bicycle contraptions, and such. Trash day in my Southern California home of Southgate was always an adventure because other people's trash became my treasures that could be repaired or used to build something.

While serving as a state park ranger on Angel Island, furniture for my wife and I's quarters were made from flotsam and jetsam found while beachcombing, things like our hatch cover table and benches. After being transferred to the Mendocino coast a wonderful new world of materials welcomed my creative juices, discards from the state parks' service yard as well as cross arms from PG&E power poles destined for the dump, went into the addition to our house.

After my son took a greenwood chair making class through the Krenov woodworking school in Fort Bragg, stick furniture became a new way of thinking and making furniture for me. Also the rustic furniture books by Daniel Mack were a big inspiration for me. The Mendocino stores of Sticks, Sallie Mac, Anderson's Alternitives, Gallery Mendocino, Flockworks and the Mendocino Art Center have been an encouragement to me and carry or have carried my creations. For the last seven years showing my crafts and furniture at the Marin County Fair has consistently won ribbons with cash prizes. In my retirement years, furniture made out of rustic, recycled and rescued materials has been my passion and pleasure even though my wife Sammie some times feels like a shop widow.

Wendell Rickon, Mendocino Arts Magazine