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Markley Noel

Hickory Corners, MI, United States

I am a maker. Wood is my medium. I have worked with wood my entire life as a builder, fine cabinet maker and carver. My tradition is three generations old. My inspiration was fueled by my grandfather, a pattern maker and sculptor. After I lost my wife to cancer and sold my construction business, I needed a project to help me heal. I was fascinated by the delicate intricate chains my grandfather carved and chose to make a chain. The challenge was to plan how to carve a chain without joints from a single piece of wood. First, I had to find the materials. I needed a 25 foot plank without defects to make the monumental project I planned. I cut, milled and cured the plank myself. Next, the chain had to be carefully planned and laid out on the plank. I hand carved each link and turn so a continuous chain would eventually emerge from the plank. The project took eight years and over 3,000 hours to complete.

Markley's ArtPrize Entries

These are Markley's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Chain of Life

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Markley Noel
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