Cen­tre­ville sculp­tor honored

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BAL­TI­MORE — Vicco von Voss, an Eastern Shore wood sculp­tor, has been awarded the pres­ti­gious Wil­liam Thorn­ton Award for Ex­cel­lence in Crafts­man­ship in recog­ni­tion of sin­gu­lar achieve­ment. The award, which was re­cently pre­sented in Bal­ti­more by Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ings Blake, is given each year by the Made: In Amer­ica Foun­da­tion of Wash­ing­ton, DC. Made: In Amer­ica’s mis­sion is to cre­ate and foster a busi­ness cli­mate con­ducive to the free ex­change of ideas and in­for­ma­tion to re­vi­tal­ize and sus­tain the com­pet­i­tive­ness of Amer­i­can com­merce and in­dus­try in a global econ­omy.

Vicco von Voss is well known for his fine furniture, artis­tic cre­ations, home in­stal­la­tions and tim­ber fram­ing. He works with wood lo­cal to the Eastern Shore such as oak, wal­nut and cherry, sal­vaging his wood from trees that have been dam­aged by storms or re­moved by tree com­pa­nies.

He said, “De­sign, rev­er­ence for the ma­te­rial and crafts­man­ship go into each in­di­vid­ual piece that I cre­ate. Re­ceiv­ing this award af­firms these val­ues and rec­og­nizes these ef­forts, which have been a life long jour­ney.”

Born in Kiel, Ger­many, von Voss was greatly in­flu­enced by both his grand­fa­thers. One was a forester and wood­carver who in­spired his deep love of na­ture, un­der­stand­ing of trees,

and in­tro­duced him to the craft of wood­work­ing. The other was an ar­chi­tect who worked in con­junc­tion with Frank Lloyd Wright to re­build struc­tures in post-war Ham­burg.

Von Voss came to the United States as a teenager and even­tu­ally en­rolled in Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, where he earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in art with a mi­nor in chem­istry in 1991. After grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, Von Voss com­pleted a three-year car­pen­try ap­pren­tice­ship in Ham­burg, back in his na­tive Ger­many. He then re­turned to the Ch­ester­town area and be­gan mak­ing cus­tom furniture.

The essence of von Voss’s work is in re­la­tion­ships: he feels a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion to trees, an un­der­stand­ing of the na­ture of wood, a col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ship with clients, and a unique creative process with each piece. His cus­tom in­stal­la­tions are some of his most unique work.

He has also led the ef­fort to build the float­ing river sculp­ture San Culpa, fea­tured by last year’s River Arts Fes­ti­val in Ch­ester­town.

Vicco von Voss has his work­shop/stu­dio in Cen­tre­ville, where he re­sides with his wife and daugh­ter.


Wood sculp­tor Vicco von Voss with Bal­ti­more Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ings-Blake at the re­cent award cer­e­mony of the Made: In Amer­ica Foun­da­tion.

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