A while ago we fell in love with a beautiful image of wooden art work on Pinterest and wondered who the artist was that created this. Our Instagram friends helped us out.
Ariele Alasko is a full-time woodworker and sculptor living in Brooklyn, New York. Ariele started working with wood and building furniture for her own apartment shortly after she graduated in 2009, and it swiftly grew from a fun hobby taking place in her small living room, to a full time job in her 900 sq ft studio.
A few years ago she discovered a great love for carving spoons, and now spends most of her time carving away in walnut, sycamore, cherry, and maple.
For her large patterned work, her material of choice is plaster lath, small strips of wood that come from the old walls of hundred-year-old buildings here in Brooklyn. Fairly available due to the constant gutting of these old brownstones, she collects the materials, cleans it, and uses the woods natural coloration and patina to create intricate patterns in her work, without the use of any stains. Each piece takes days or even weeks to complete, as every strip of wood is cut individually to attain a perfect fit, making sure the resulting panel or table top is level, smooth, and without any gaps. True craftsmanship.
For more inspiration: arielealasko.com