Under the spell of wood
A specialist in luxury woodwork, Claude Bongard, 44, heads a company that perpetuates the traditions of wood. In addition, he develops his art through sculpting, painting or creating instruments, as his Korean origins push him to explore new horizons by mixing cultures and genres. Let's have a closer look!
Traditional Indian, Siberian and Celtic drums are hanging in a corner of his workshop, within them appear a tree of life in a tangle of branches and roots, or a Phoenix, about to ignite. In this space dedicated to creation, harps turn into dragons or reveal swirling winds, reminiscent of ocean waves.
But where is the artist? He paces the shores of the lake looking for driftwood and lets nature bring him inspiration, particularly forests. This is where dreamcatchers have woven their webs to chase away nightmares and where stumps are covered with stylish headgear to illuminate our nights. All of this wood, purified by water, reveals its true nature through the loving hands of the woodworker... "My goal is to create objects that have a soul, to enable them to live in harmony with humans and their daily routine."
Each piece of art has a unique setting and is enhanced by a sculpture or a special assembly, which emphasizes or awakens its potential. "When I sculpt, I am in harmony with the wood. It guides me and inspires me”, confides Claude Bongard, who works with a chisel on a gargoyle, accentuating the nodes in the wood to bring out its eyes. The creature is awakening from a long sleep.
Accompanied by quotes or decorated with paintings, his creations invite us to see the world differently. They stimulate our imagination, question us and tell us stories. Listen carefully, you may find the wisdom within the wood.