It’s with a lot of delight we present to you  the 1820 workshop where we meet Signor Joe Centra or the Driftwood Maestro as we like to call him.  Show casing Joe’s work, the 1820 Workshop is about possibility and it has been a labor of love which started with a dream more than two decades ago. Today it’s living up to its mission to create, to build and produce art that people can identify with. If you are already acquainted with his work it’s obvious to see why. A pile of firewood is a coffee table in the making in his eyes. And before you get us started on what is art, let us first ask you how many coffee tables you have counted on bicycles lugging firewood?

Coming from a long line of craftsmen and storytellers, he takes his unique perspective and ideas to bring you art that is both beautiful and functional, so one thing you must not make the mistake of calling him is a carpenter. His is living art in every sense of the word,and in our humble opinion  he is a virtuoso par excellence. During all the years we have known him he has really awed us from the get go, and it is such a pleasure to enjoy some of his earliest pieces, especially our living room set which is quite a hot topic every time we have people over.

He is actually a very significant influence in our rustic style which we prefer when working with twigs and logs. Although we know him mostly for his work with driftwood, hence the moniker the driftwood maestro, in this feature we will be highlighting some of his avant-garde pieces and latest works.

Joe is passionate about crafting pieces, and uniquely finding the story behind every wood. His versatile approach is one of the most outstanding things about his work. Where you see a piece of useless log, he sees utility. Take for example the candle holder and lampstand above, the furthest they would make in everyday living rooms would probably be as kuni at the fireplace instead of  the  living additions they become in his renditions.

His combination of contrasts, are a demonstration of how adaptable nature is. How it can be re-commissioned after its termination to contribute towards nurturing life.  The way he harnesses the life left in dead wood and melds it with the resilience of inimitable succulents giving his pieces a very organic and living match.They Work wonderfully in both indoor and outdoor  settings,and the added beauty is how  appealingly functional  they are too. We tend to think that drawing from his experience as a landscape artist sometimes his art is more about the succulent than the drift wood

 It goes without say that Joe is definitely one to watch and if you’d like to see as well as know more about his work, you can find him @1820workshop or http://www.1820workshop.com . You can also contact him directly on 0737245750.

In the meantime we will also be sharing more of Joe’s work on Africrafty. So stay “logged” in…

Yours truly,

Studio 1110/ Three Sticks and a Ball

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