VANDALIA – The woodcarvings of Ken Bedel will be on display at the Vandalia Municipal Building during the month of July.
Bedel has won numerous awards for his work including winning the National Woodcraft Wildlife Carving Contest. His work has been featured in Woodcarving Illustrated according to his artist profile.
“Ken Bedel, a national award winning 3rd generation wood artist, began carving at the age of 7 with a bar of soap and a spoon that his dad handed him to keep him occupied,” says his artist statement. “Over 30 years later, his love of working with wood has not diminished.”
While he has spent nearly 20 years making a living as an engineer, his hobby has always been his woodworking. He believes that with all of the wood species available, you shouldn’t hide what nature provided, so he rarely uses anything but a clear finish on his pieces. The color accents are the natural color of each different species.
Although starting out purely in wood carving, a few years ago he began exploring woodturning. He couldn’t bring himself to step away from the carving aspect all together, so he began blending the two: turning a basic shape to fit with carved accents. It may be the engineer in him, but he feels it brings a level of precision and consistency to the pieces while still allowing the design freedom of carving.
Located at 333 James Bohanan Drive, the Gallery at the Municipal Building is open during business hours, typically Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.