Turning wood into art with Joe
His passion is for art and teaching others new skills
NEATLY tucked away at the end of a street, in the tranquil surrounds of Apple Tree Creek, talented artist Joseph “Joe” Stanton creates his masterpieces from wood, stone and wire.
From the shed door, peering in, benches and walls lined with tradesman’s tools and half finished projects are visible. The air is filled with dust and the smell of cut timber.
The lush garden at his property is home to a number of Mr Stanton’s sculptures.
Mr Stanton said he was never formally trained in art; he developed an interest in wood carving and discovered he had a talent for making furniture.
“I’ve made chairs, tables, candle holders, mirrors, clocks, a harp and I am working on a guitar,” he said.
“I took up playing the guitar 18 months ago and I taught myself so I am starting to make one.”
Currently under wraps, the guitar takes pride of place on a table, carefully wrapped in cloth.
“It’s a work in progress and I am looking forward to playing it,” he said.
“I have branched out, and I now create three-dimensional sculptures.”
The talented artist has won numerous prizes and awards for his brilliant work and is a member of the Childers Visual Arts Group.
“I enjoy working with stone and Hebel, which is a light weight cousin of the besser block and a softer material.”
He shares his talents and hosts workshops to encourage others with the same passion.
The humble ex Queensland Rail worker found a new passion after retiring and working hard to improve and fine tune his new craft, encouraging anybody interested in sculpture to contact him.
“Even if you have never tried it before, but interested, I encourage you to give it a go,” he said.
“Anybody can do it, if you’re willing to try.”
In his front garden sits a wire creation made from bending, twisting and folding birdcage wire. The shining silver glow of the sculpture reflects light throughout the hedge.
His passion for carving started in 2008 and since he sparked new talents he can now turn ideas into objects.
If you would like to get in touch with Mr Stanton, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 4126 1995.
Joe Stanton Even if you have never tried it before, but interested, I encourage you to give it a go, anybody can do it, if you’re willing to try.
HEART FOR ART: Joe Stanton proudly shows some of his pieces.
Standing out in the Stanton garden, Joe’s sculpture replaces the average gnome.