Designer’s Notebook: The art of turning
Max Brosi uses texture, contrast, and the distortion of the wood to bring his ideas forward. Once he knows what the piece is going to say, making it is an enjoyable and often automatic process.
In many ways, the creative process in wood turning echoes that of architecture quite closely. Before I make, I design. The relationship between designing and making is a symbiotic one; each needs the other for itself to fully exist. Despite greatly enjoying the entire process, my personal disposition leans more toward the design stage, where I add the real essence to my work. Once I’ve acquired a certain level of skill and proficiency, making the piece often becomes an enjoyable, automatic, and repeatable process that communicates the design.
Conceptual and narrative
In my more sculptural work, I use features such as contrast, distortion, and texture to communicate an idea, an experience, or a sociopolitical statement. The contrast can be subtle and almost imperceptible, such as combining geometric shapes with the use of wet wood that distorts as it dries. This is done to breathe life and dynamism into what…