Friday, August 5, 2011

Spotlight on Artist, Don Boudreau

New England wood artisan Donald Boudreau started his life's dream in 1992 when he and his wife Carol sold everything and moved aboard their 49 foot sailboat "Domicile" and started an around the world cruise.  During their many adventures, one thing in particular captivated Don. It was the beauty and unique qualities of the tropical hardwoods, which he found in Central & South America and the South Pacific.

Six years and 25,000 miles later, they found themselves in New Zealand with an extensive wood collection and a yearning for shore life.

After settling in South Florida, Don started building boxes using some of the woods he encountered on their adventure.

No stains or dyes used in his Award Winning designs. While there are many chemical stains and dyes available to alter the appearance of wood, he prefers to reveal its innate beauty. By doing so, he is able to emphasize the natural colors, textures, and intricate grain patterns as well as showcase any of the imperfections that give the piece a unique personality.

Since box making has endless possibilities, Don is constantly searching for new and exotic woods to incorporate into new designs. Don was invited to show his work at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.

Don is a member and past president of the South Florida Woodworking Guild.

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