Gary W. Edwards

Gary W. Edwards

Artist’s Statement

I started working with wood at the age of 12. My grandfather gave me an old hammer, a rusty saw, a brace with a few drill bits, and a bucket of rusty nails. The local grocer provided wood orange crates and I designed and built several styles of birdhouses to sell. I supported myself in college working as a finish carpenter. After college to earn extra income I started G&A Cabinets. You would have found my cabinets and display cases in the atrium shops at the Indianapolis Hyatt. Since then I have built everything from kitchen cabinets to furniture. I taught myself to turn and started experimenting with turning all types of vessels and jewelry.

My first preference of material is always Indiana wood from trees that have fallen due to age, disease, or weather. To me every piece of wood is already art that cannot be reproduced. The natural beauty of a piece of flamed Indiana walnut, a turning block from the crotch of a cherry tree, or a maple burl cannot be improved on. My passion is to display that art in an artistic manner and respect the wood’s characteristics.

Lately I have experimented with Baltic birch plywood scrapes I obtained from a pattern company in Indianapolis that would have ended in a landfill. Though it is not my purpose in life, I think being creative with wood keeps me young and healthy.