It is never too late to pick up a new hobby. This goes exactly against the saying that you cannot teach old dog new tricks. Gabi Rizea is a living proof. At 42, he learned how to turn some tree stumps into magnificent works of art. Call him a late bloomer but he just proves that life begins at forty and it is never too late to explore your hidden skills and talents. He started playing with a tree stump, tried carving a human face on it and he surprised himself with his output. Now, what started out as an experiment turned into an opportunity to showcase his skills in the local parks in his neighborhood in Romania.
When the Wood Decides
Artists have different ways of finding inspiration and creating their masterpiece. For Gabi, he starts with an idea in mind, translates the idea into a sketch, and tries to use it for his next tree stump project. However, more often than not, the tree stump turns out to be different from what he has in mind and that the remaining usable part of the stump does not have enough for the design that he has in mind. That is when the wood decides what will happen to it. That is another method of how the artist creates a masterpiece. The design sometimes depends on the canvas.
While this may sound a bit challenging, it often leads to wonderful results. This very thing happened when he created his most popular work of art – the “Galeata Care Curge” which simply means “water pouring out from a bucket”. The old ash tree stump was the one who decided what its design would be. After getting rid of the rotten parts, only about half of it remained so Gabi decided to come up with a design that is thin in the middle. That became the thin part of the pouring water.
Wood Wide Web
After a photo of the Galeata Care Curge went viral, the whole world learned about Rizea’s talent. As a result, people from different parts of the world request that he turn old tree stumps in their area to works of art. While Rizea was honored and promised to grant such requests, he promised that there will never be a replication of his tree stump arts in his city, Craiova.
Armed with just chisel, chainsaw and grinder, he can turn a tree stump into a fabulous piece of art in as short as a couple of days. He can do this without any formal wood carving training. Recently, he decided to enroll in such classes only to master his newfound talent.
Gabi Rizea is generous enough to share a video of how he made Galeata Care Curge in his Facebook Page. His other works of art are “Fertility”, “A Pear”, and “Flyer in the Botanical Garden”.
With the intricacy of his work, each piece will surely turn heads and get admiring stares as well as jaw drops from people who see it.