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    About Faux Bois:

    Faux Bois is a French term meaning "false wood". The art of ferrocement faux bois is a combination of steel and concrete: Cement mixes are applied to a steel framework, and then sculpted by hand to resemble natural wood. These works are not molded or cast! These are unique works of art, made using simple tools. The art form was invented in France, before the turn of the century. Only a handful of artists continue to practice this esoteric art form.

     Michael Fogg’s faux bois furniture is inspired by the tree forms found in the Northeastern United States, as well as traditional French Rocaille and Southwestern Trabajo Rustico.  Weathered branches, stumps, and old boards are all treated as sculptural subjects, their seeming fragility contradicted by a stone-like density. 

    "There were designs I wanted to create that were impossible or impractical to fabricate using real wood, not because real wood was unsatisfying as a material. In the end I found that the process of recreating real wood gave me an appreciation of wood itself as an art object: trees as massive sculptures, rotten boards as textural treasures. There is an aleatoric quality in the growth of trees which is also governed by certain rules- I find this tension to be particularly beautiful."




    Concrete and faux bois links: 

    Donald Tucker, faux bois artist

    faux bois in the news, faux bois gurus

    faux bois in France

    Gardening and Landscaping:

    Doyle Herman Design Associates