ABOUT THE ARTIST|
LeRoy Bayerl grew up on a dairy farm just 25 miles
from where he and his wife Jane live today in Marshfield, Wisconsin. From his
childhood in the country sprung a love of nature, art, and “working wood.”
During the years that he and Jane raised their five children, LeRoy supplemented
the family income by designing and building wooden furniture.
For the past 17 years, Bayerl has focused on the creation
of hollow wooden vessels that have earned national acceptance through juried
exhibitions from coast to coast. He is self-taught and thus his style, though
consistently appreciated and recognized, continues to evolve.
“I start with the finest timbers available. Each vessel is
hand-turned on a lathe the first time while still green – and then turned again
to its final dimension after drying. I give each piece its unique character by
texturing, carving, or dying – then finish it with oil, wax, lacquer or
When viewing LeRoy’s work, it becomes obvious his
imagination never rests. Each piece, with its subtle beauty and individual
qualities, presents itself in such a way that art lovers often feel called
to a specific vessel.
My intent is to create
exquisitely crafted vessels of wood that awaken the imagination and evoke the
sort of passion that enhances our everyday lives. I hope you will take a moment
to enjoy my work and allow your imagination to take you on holiday, no matter