Split Grain

Cypress Totem Sculpture


Introducing the Cypress Totem Sculpture by Hawaii's brand Split Grain. The sculpture reveals the fascinating contours of a piece of reclaimed wood in a single vertical spine. The essence of the form is heightened through the expansion that occurs via this particular splitting and slicing technique. The wood’s pattern of growth is revealed through the linear display and the dramatic exterior texture is brought into focus. Viewed from any angle, this sculpture accentuates the twists, turns, bends and arches of the wood in its solitary stance and supported by a custom-made armature. Lighting these sculptures from above or from one side will create dramatic shadows further exposing the form.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind, handmade, fine art sculpture made from an individual piece of reclaimed wood. This designer begins by finding limbs from trees and hand selecting, cutting, and splitting each piece looking for unique forms. Most of the pieces split are discarded as he looks for pieces with the most intriguing forms. Once a special piece is found, he further refines it, slices it to bring out the details in the overall shape and grain, sands the faces to a fine surface, and finishes with UV protecting clear urethane.

Each piece is drilled to accept mounting on a steel rod on a single horizontal axis so that the piece of wood is kept to its original form. Each piece of wood on its steel rod is mechanically affixed into a two-part steel base. Once they are all secured, I patina the metal to a deep charcoal black surface. The armature is then waxed to a high-polish surface to protect it. Each base is finally finished with a felt bottom for a scratch free surface.

Materials: Reclaimed California Coastal Cypress | Steel armature | Felt bottom

Dimensions: 5 cm L x 5 cm W x 35 cm H

Weight: 1 Kg

Sustainability: One-Of-A-Kind. Handmade. Organic reclaimed wood. Ethically sourced materials.

Delivery time: 2-4 weeks

Origin: Hawaii, USA 

Shipping: Shipped by UPS.