Pascal Oudet, a former electrical engineer, is now one of the best master artisans in Europe dedicated to the art of wood turning. He changed his career path to woodworking about ten years ago.
Pascal is an expert in a special technique of sandblasting turned wood to a quasi-transparent degree, similar to the texture of lace fabric. He has been practicing this technique for about twelve years but it took him around half of this time to perfect it.
He is currently still the only artisan to master this unique technique in France. Pascal is the president of l’Association Française des Tourneurs d’Art sur Bois (French Association of Art Wood Turners) (AFTAB). His works have received national and international recognition and were exhibited all over the world. In 2012, he obtained the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris.
To create his incredible designs, a trunk of oak is turned on a lathe until it is very thin then sandblasted until the wood resembles lace fabric. The black/grey pieces are ebonized through a natural reaction with wood tannins that preserves the natural contrasting color between heartwood and sapwood, which react differently, thus leading to black or grey. The pieces are left as natural as possible, with just a protective finish.
Pascal Oudet’s works invite the viewer to explore the history of the tree from which the wood was born. This is a story of the sometimes centuries-old trees and can be traced in the lines of the grain that has become even more apparent after Pascal’s treatment of the wood. Each piece is as unique in its creation as in its natural history, one of a kind.
Diabolo 41 (natural color) and Diabolo 43 are wooden sculptures that were turned, hollowed and sandblasted from a solid block of oak to a almost-transparent degree like the texture of lace fabric.
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