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“My love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery of the material, but in the inventing of new techniques and processes to create objects.

The materials I use relate to the objects I make. At times a piece of salvaged wood will become a starting point of design. Other times, a design will call for a piece of wood with incredible grain. Using plain wood like birch allows me to approach the objects as a three dimensional canvas. Here, I can apply a variety of surface design techniques to express an idea.

My work tells stories from my life, places I’ve been. people I’ve met, architecture, our environment. These stories are interwoven into the objects I create. Craft goes beyond the pleasure of our senses and deals not only with aesthetics, but social and ideological lives.”

Michael Hosaluk is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most creative wood “turners”. Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self -taught.

Hosaluk’s work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture and is full of reference to architecture, nature and culture. Hosaluk’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, in Europe, China, Japan, Australia and the United States.

Hosaluk’s pieces can be found in the permanent collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace; Zhao Xiu, Governor of Jilin Province, Republic of China; Idemitsu Corporation, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Art Museum; Detroit Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Minneapolis Museum of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.

He has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Norway and Israel. In 2002 he was the Keynote Speaker at the “Designing Futures Forum” in Perth Australia. Hosaluk was the coordinator of the biennial International Wood Furniture/Turning Conference from 1982 - 2002.

Hosaluk is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; currently serves on the Advisory panel of the Saskatchewan Arts Board; and was active on the Steering Committee of the Furniture Society of North America and is currently on their Advisory Board.

Hosaluk’s work has been recently profiled in numerous publications including Fine Woodworking; American Craft; and Woodwork magazines. Hosaluk is also the subject of a new book published in 2002, by Guild Publishing, titled “Scratching the Surface: Michael Hosaluk”.

Michael Hosaluk lives and has his studio just outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

His work can also be seen on his web page (click here) which also contains information about his well written book surface design book, "Scratching the Surface".

 

     
  Tables
Maple, Acrylic paint, and gel
  Tables
Maple, Acrylic paint, and gel
 
     
  "Summer Chest"
Baltic Plywood, brass, maple, acrylic paint, dye and gel
32" tall x 30" wide x 16" deep
 

"Summer Chest"
leg detail view

 
     
  Containers
maple, acrylic paint, gel
  Container
maple, acrylic paint, gel
 
     
  Containers
maple, acrylic paint, gel
  Tables
Maple, Acrylic paint, and gel
28" tall x 22" dia. x 14" w
 
     
  Candlesticks
maple, acrylic paint and gel
12” h x 4” dia
  Candle Sticks
group shot
 
 
  Boob games
maple, acrylic paint, found objects
4’ dia x 3”
  Pair of darts
maple, acrylic paint, found objects
2.5” dia x 6” L
 
     
  Bowl of Strange Fruit, (Collaboration) maple, acrylic paint, ebonized and bleached maple, Collaborators: M Hosaluk 5 pieces, Jenna Goldberg, Jamie Russell, Maggie Sasso, Jean Francois Escoulen, Greg Smith, Heather Cline, Fabian Garcia, Michael Lee, Mark Sfirri, Lowell Zercher, Binh Pho   Black bowl
ebonized arbutus
4” h x 5” w
 
     
  Footed Black Bowl
ebonized arbutus
  Footed Bowl
arbutus
 
     
  Footed Bowl
arbutus
  Footed Black Bowl
ebonized arbutus
 
     
  Bird Vases
acrylic dye and paint, blackwood
 

Salad bowl
maple, acrylic paint

 
 

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