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The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood

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A new book by Furni­ture Society member Norman Pirollo. I have been a Furni­ture Society member for years and have been greatly inspired by fellow makers in the Furni­ture Society. So it is my turn to share my journey and expe­ri­ence and hope­fully inspire other makers.”

Norman Pirollo, wood artist at Pirollo Design, narrates his fasci­nat­ing journey of tran­si­tion­ing from full-time employ­ment to being self-employed as a wood artist and furni­ture designer + maker. He currently creates studio furni­ture, wood art and sculp­tural work in his studio. Norman faced many obsta­cles through­out the journey where appre­hen­sion about the deci­sion was often at the fore­front. Perse­ver­ance, fate and crit­i­cal deci­sions combined to map out the direc­tion he followed later in life. Often seeking creative outlets, working as a multi­dis­ci­pli­nary artist ulti­mately became his voca­tion. Norman Pirollo chron­i­cles his fasci­nat­ing journey over a fifteen-year period. Follow the rivet­ing story of how his tech­nol­ogy career evolved into a multi­dis­ci­pli­nary art career includ­ing studio furni­ture, sculp­ture and wood art. Read how Norman, through deter­mi­na­tion and perse­ver­ance, finally attained his goal of becom­ing both a studio furni­ture maker and an artist in the genre of wood art. Delving into and study­ing art history has provided him the art language and back­ground to develop his own vision of wood art. Discover how he immersed himself into the contem­po­rary art move­ment to develop a style and voice of his own. Find out how, through twists and turns, Norman acquired the skills and tech­niques to become an award-winning furni­ture maker, wood artist and sculp­tor today. The oppor­tu­nity to work at some­thing he truly enjoys has ulti­mately brought him solace and independence.

A short video of the evolu­tion of his work in the book is avail­able here.

More infor­ma­tion on book avail­able at Norman’s web site.