Engraved into the rings of trees are narratives.
Using various woodworking techniques, local artist Tom Terrell narrates these stories into his various bowls, lamps and other art pieces featured in the Chapel Hill Art Gallery’s October exhibit “Fifty Shades of Grain.”
The exhibit, featuring more than 60 wooden pieces, was entirely handcrafted. What is unique about Terrell’s work is that it focuses on imperfections found in the wood.
See the exhibit:
Time: Now until the end of the month. Thursday-Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 1215 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Terrell’s first exposure to the woodcarving process happened as a young adult when his father and grandfather worked the cabinetry business. Later, he learned to work the lathe, a woodcarving tool, from an architectural restoration company located next to his home. In addition to the woodwork, “Fifty Shades of Grain” also showcases Terrell’s photography as well as some pieces by his wife, Sally Terrell.
“If there is damage from drought, it will cause the angular rings to do some really crazy things. I will make sure to highlight that,” Terrell said. “It’s a very important part of the tree because it tells you what it has gone through.”