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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

LARRY RINGGOLD

LARRY RINGGOLD

Artist Work

Horse
2014
Wood
7' long
storm
2012
wood driftwood sculpture
4' x 6' x 2'
star hippo-campus
2011
wood driftwood sculpture
6' x 2' x 10'
guv-nor
2012
wood driftwood sculpture
7' x 8' x2'
Buck
2013
Driftwood
78"x 57" x23"
Crush
2013
Driftwood sculpture
30" x 22"x 20"

Artist Information

County
Calvert County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I work with driftwood found along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.I assemble the found wood into a variety of large and small representations of horses, deer, heron, mythical creatures such as Hippocampus, ect. My work emphasises movement and life giving each piece a personality and in some cases maybe an attitude.

Artist Bio

TURTLE POINT DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURE
By Larry Ringgold

I have been a Carpentry/Woodworking Teacher and woodworker for over 42years. The driftwood thing is a recent endeavor that was made convenient by last summer’s hurricanes and the opening of the Conowingo Dam. Due to the massive flooding, great amounts of all types of wood drifted down to the Maryland beaches. I have always found driftwood art fascinating and now I have plenty to pick from. I saw my first driftwood sculptures in California in the 70’s and since then found others online doing magnificent work such a Deborah Butterfield, Matt Torrens and Heather Jansch. I have found their work inspiring but different from my own in design and construction.

Construction
many hours are spent walking the beaches on the Chesapeake Bay collecting driftwood. The pieces I have created range from dinosaurs to horses, elks to mythical Hippocampus’s. The sculptures are constructed of all types of wood but usually the legs will be locust or oak. Pieces are assembled using rust resistant screws that are counter sunk and filled. The wood is selected for effect and design to create creatures that are realistic and inspirational They will be treated with at least four coats of a wood preservative to prevent rot. I suggest one should place the feet on a concrete or synthetic surface and retreat with a sealer every couple of years. If properly cared for they should last for many years, unless of course you have beaver issues!TURTLE POINT DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURE
By Larry Ringgold

I have been a Carpentry/Woodworking Teacher and woodworker for over 42years. The driftwood thing is a recent endeavor that was made convenient by last summer’s hurricanes and the opening of the Conowingo Dam. Due to the massive flooding, great amounts of all types of wood drifted down to the Maryland beaches. I have always found driftwood art fascinating and now I have plenty to pick from. I saw my first driftwood sculptures in California in the 70’s and since then found others online doing magnificent work such a Deborah Butterfield, Matt Torrens and Heather Jansch. I have found their work inspiring but different from my own in design and construction.

Construction
many hours are spent walking the beaches on the Chesapeake Bay collecting driftwood. The pieces I have created range from dinosaurs to horses, elks to mythical Hippocampus’s. The sculptures are constructed of all types of wood but usually the legs will be locust or oak. Pieces are assembled using rust resistant screws that are counter sunk and filled. The wood is selected for effect and design to create creatures that are realistic and inspirational They will be treated with at least four coats of a wood preservative to prevent rot. I suggest one should place the feet on a concrete or synthetic surface and retreat with a sealer every couple of years. If properly cared for they should last for many years, unless of course you have beaver issues!TURTLE POINT DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURE
By Larry Ringgold

I have been a Carpentry/Woodworking Teacher and woodworker for over 42years. The driftwood thing is a recent endeavor that was made convenient by last summer’s hurricanes and the opening of the Conowingo Dam. Due to the massive flooding, great amounts of all types of wood drifted down to the Maryland beaches. I have always found driftwood art fascinating and now I have plenty to pick from. I saw my first driftwood sculptures in California in the 70’s and since then found others online doing magnificent work such a Deborah Butterfield, Matt Torrens and Heather Jansch. I have found their work inspiring but different from my own in design and construction.

Construction
many hours are spent walking the beaches on the Chesapeake Bay collecting driftwood. The pieces I have created range from dinosaurs to horses, elks to mythical Hippocampus’s. The sculptures are constructed of all types of wood but usually the legs will be locust or oak. Pieces are assembled using rust resistant screws that are counter sunk and filled. The wood is selected for effect and design to create creatures that are realistic and inspirational They will be treated with at least four coats of a wood preservative to prevent rot. I suggest one should place the feet on a concrete or synthetic surface and retreat with a sealer every couple of years. If properly cared for they should last for many years, unless of course you have beaver issues!