Turn­ing wood into art with Joe

His pas­sion is for art and teach­ing oth­ers new skills

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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 joseph­stan­ton065@gmail.com 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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT140216STANTON02

HEART FOR ART: Joe Stan­ton proudly shows some of his pieces.

Stand­ing out in the Stan­ton gar­den, Joe’s sculp­ture re­places the av­er­age gnome.

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