RICHARD WEIGAND’S BLOG

Handmade or Mass Production

Handmade or Mass Production

Sort of an overriding factor in furniture making is Wabi Sabi, the Japanese art of imperfection. It’s the hand of the maker. While I try to make a piece as perfect as I can, perfect for me includes imperfection. The differences between handmade and manufactured or...

Weigand Presents Artistry in Striking Imperfections

Richard Weigand is a self taught wood worker with an impressive background reproducing Greene & Greene furniture. Weigand's work is reflective and organic revealing inspiration from many greats in art and architecture such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene &...

What is Beauty – Part 4 of 4

The simple thought is, if beauty gives you pleasure you should surround yourself with it. The challenge is, to do something to create beauty or turn the things you are given that you see as not beautiful into something that is, in your opinion, beautiful. The...

What is Beauty – Part 3

What is Beauty – Part 3

People should have beauty in their lives – whatever it is to that person. I like helping people get that, something that is beautiful by their own standards. I enjoy helping others experience that feeling of being rich, that can be imparted by being surrounded by...

What is Beauty – Part 2

What is Beauty – Part 2

Everyone appreciates beauty, but nobody agrees on what is beautiful. There’s a house near us that is junked beyond belief and I think, my god, how does someone live in that? But I guarantee you, in some way and to some degree, the owner sees all that junk as...

What is Beauty

What is Beauty

Appreciation of beauty is part of our natural makeup, but it’s affected by a lot of things, like how you’re brought up… It comes down to a way of seeing. You can look at a piece and see that its color is perfect, that it’s fibonaccially perfect, that it does...

On Being a Mature Artist – Part 5 of 5

On Being a Mature Artist – Part 5 of 5

Working With Clients If you put your work in front of people and get people’s reaction to it, you take that in and are affected by it. It’s what an artist needs to do. When you do it, your work will change. I told one client that I’d found a really nice board to use...

On Being a Mature Artist – Part 4

On Being a Mature Artist – Part 4

Relationship With the Materials I think when you are leaning wood, like learning anything, you start out struggling. You have to begin with learning your materials and your tools as well as your techniques. You learn them and you accumulate a language. The more you...

On Being a Mature Artist – Part 3

Mastery of Skills I remember making pottery. Sometimes, I would make a piece and when it came out of the kiln, I didn’t like it. So I had to think about why I didn’t like it, and try again to produce the exact piece I’d had in mind – the form, the weight, the glaze,...

On Being a Mature Artist – Part 2

After a while, that kind of knowledge sinks down into your mind and you use it as you need it, without dredging it up formally and laying it out as a kind of blueprint. So, while you don’t have to look at a chair that you’re in the process of building and ask...