|Monday, February 25, 2008|
Marjin Wall took up woodworking because she needed furniture for the house she moved into to attend Reed College in Portland in the 1970s. “I didn’t own any furniture, so I signed up for a wood projects class at Portland Community College so that I could make a desk for myself,” she says.After college, the Vermont native returned to the East Coast and earned a law degree before relocating to Portland, where she practiced corporate law for several years before retiring. Now she owns a safety-supply business, which gives her time to work with wood.
The candlesticks (right) are turned in the woodshop behind her home,
The candlesticks are made from small chunks of leftover wood. “I use all kinds of wood—maple, walnut and other local woods. I get chunks that are leftover gunstock blanks, which have nice grains and patterns.”
Contact Marjin Wall through the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery (335 State St., 503-581-3229 or zeekgallery.com) in Salem, Ore.