Art returns to Kingcombe
Kingcombe has been chosen as only place in Dorset to exhibit and sell Bruno Charron’s stunning birds.
After the success of Dorset Arts Week, Bruno Charron has chosen the Kingcombe Centre as the only place in Dorset to exhibit and sell his stunning wooden birds.
Born in Paris, Bruno has spent the last 20 years in Dorset where he has fulfilled a lifetime ambition despite no formal training, to work full time in woodwork. The ethos of the work has always been to use recycled wood.
The majority of the wood comes from trees lying on the grounds of local Estates or from the shores of Poole Harbour and more recently using original timbers following the restoration of Poole Quay. Hardwood railway sleepers come in handy as well! Yew, spalted beech, Cherry, English oak, laburnum and ash are favoured for their varied grain and appearance. The work, be it carvings, boxes or bowls, tends to be simple shapes that when highly polished, bring the wood back to life.
All of his work is designed to be not only pleasing to the eye but also highly tactile. As Bruno explains, "I have always preferred to work with birds and pick my subject based upon the fact that they have a distinctive feature such as a long or short or hooked beak and/or a particular stance, thus making it instantly recognisable". Any shapes and character within the wood is accepted as being part of its individual character. All items are finished with first Danish oil then a beeswax polish.
Bruno’s work joins Mary Fontein's exquisite embroidery pieces at Kingcombe with all sales donating 25% to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.
Over the coming 12 months, Kingcombe will be expanding its exhibition with regular updates on our website, so watch this space!