Mark Wedekind

“East Fork Roots” 6" x 36" x 9” woodworking of black walnut, river rocks
“East Fork Roots” 6" x 36" x 9” woodworking of black walnut, river rocks

East Fork Roots

As an Artist-in-Residence in Denali National Park, the whole park is your playground enticing you to come out and play. The historic East Fork cabin was a wonderful home base from which to explore and I used the long days of June to spend time in parts of the Park I had never been before. The large landscapes, raw geology and magical light are so inspiring, but the smaller things are often what pull my eye. Because of the cabin's location on the East Fork of the Toklat River, I spent plenty of time wandering the glacial braided channels. I was especially drawn to the willow and alder trees that had been washed out by their roots, tumbled in the flow of the river, then left in the sun, wind and rain on the gravel after the abrasive water had done it's sculptural work. This provided the inspiration for “East Fork Roots.”

— Mark Wedekind, 2011

Mark Wedekind
Mark Wedekind

Mark Wedekind is a woodworker and furniture maker from Anchorage, AK . He has received several commissions, including 14 original benches installed at the John Butrovich Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. While he uses traditional techniques to create his art, and the physical work is completed inside his shop, his inspiration comes from spending time in the earth's wild places.Visit his website.

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