Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Rulinda & Rollie Topping

Topping copy rulindaWe have been making and selling our wares at arts and crafts shows and festivals for over fifteen years.

About Rollie

Rollie Topping is a retired State Farm Insurance agent, originally from Waterloo, Iowa. In 1984 he moved from Waterloo to Phoenix, Arizona, rebuilding his business from scratch along the way. Like every memeber of the Topping Family, Rollie has always enjoyed working with his hands. Since 1987 he has been selling original oil paintings, custom frames, folk art, and other woodwork throughout the Southwest.

About Rulinda

As if she weren’t busy enough as a mother of four, Rulinda, as a long-time holder of a state insurance license, was crucial to the success of Rollie’s agency. Always creative, Rulinda has been knitting, crocheting, and sewing since she was little, and hasn’t shut off the sewing machine since she and Rollie began attending arts & crafts shows together over fifteen years ago!

Rollie and Rulinda can be reached at their studio in Prescott Valley at (800) 338-0378, or on the web at www.homesteadartsandcrafts.com.

John Wdowin

wdowin wood bowlJohn prides himself in recycling all types of wood. In his career he has recycled everything from gold clubs to sunken ships.

The process of water proofing is very involved. The sealing process requires various coats of sealers. Multiple coats of an expensive epoxy resin have been applied by a skilled hand able to coax the finish around the curves and insure that the vase holds water. Each piece is unique and signed by the artist.

You can reach John Wdowin at his studio in Tempe, Arizona at 480-510-0963.

Rollie & Rulinda Topping

Topping copy housesWe have been making and selling our wares at arts and crafts shows and festivals for over fifteen years.

About Rollie

Rollie Topping is a retired State Farm Insurance agent, originally from Waterloo, Iowa. In 1984 he moved from Waterloo to Phoenix, Arizona, rebuilding his business from scratch along the way. Like every memeber of the Topping Family, Rollie has always enjoyed working with his hands. Since 1987 he has been selling original oil paintings, custom frames, folk art, and other woodwork throughout the Southwest.

About Rulinda

As if she weren’t busy enough as a mother of four, Rulinda, as a long-time holder of a state insurance license, was crucial to the success of Rollie’s agency. Always creative, Rulinda has been knitting, crocheting, and sewing since she was little, and hasn’t shut off the sewing machine since she and Rollie began attending arts & crafts shows together over fifteen years ago!

Rollie and Rulinda can be reached at their studio in Prescott Valley at (800) 338-0378, or on the web at

www.homesteadartsandcrafts.com.

Bruce Stamp

stamp,birdsAs a boy growing up on Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata Minnesota, Bruce spent his summers building wooden boats to travel from one shore to another. His appreciation of wood, its many varieties, colors, and textures compelled him to seek more artistic uses for it. Living in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” he also observed various species of migrating birds with the change of seasons. Later, as an adult resident of Morro Bay, California, he became inspired by the natural beauty of the area and captivated by the diversity of shore birds and marine life. Combining his inherent interests, and influenced by two very talented wood carvers, Bruce launched his sculpting career in the early 1970′s. Over the years he has sculpted exquisite images of flowing, graceful birds and majestic sea creatures of the world. Today Bruce continues to work in the medium he enjoys, exhibiting his collection throughout California and the western United States.

The process for each and every hand-sculpted piece begins by carefully selecting the lumber; paying special attention to the woodgrain, color, and thickness of each board. Wood is chosen that best accentuates the particular piece to be sculpted. The pattern is made, then transferred to the lumber, and bansawed to a rough likeness of the piece.

Six sanding steps bring the piece from crude to a smooth, satiny finish. A coat of lacquer is applied, followed by a hand-rubbed carnauba wax and buff which bring out the luster and color of the woodgrain.

Each is one of a kind, carved to take on a personality of its own through meticulous carving, sanding, and finishing. The piece is then signed and dated by the artist, Bruce Stamp.

Reach Bruce Stamp online at

www.brucestampwoodsculpture.com