Local artist sculpting driftwood into marine life

Local artist sculpting driftwood into marine life

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Inspired by the sea, a local artist is taking driftwood that washed up on our beaches and waterways and turning it into works of art.

Shaw Lakey takes his boat along the waterways and hand selects driftwood he feels has a unique shape and could be made into a certain marine animal. He says that he can have a vision of the art he’ll create the moment he sees the canvas. He then takes it home, cuts the wood and shapes it, sands it out and then adds metal work to it to give it extra character and detail. A lot of times it will have a shark’s tooth eye that is crowed and polished.

His work is mostly marine life. Pieces such as, grouper, angelfish, turtles, shellfish and even birds make it into the mix. Shaw says it takes him weeks to finish his bigger pieces. Most of it is wall hanging so his work can be put anywhere you can put a picture or a mirror. Shaw says that it’s a long process to make the sculpture but he wants to make sure that when he does take the driftwood from the banks and beaches that its put to good use.

“I only use deadwood. I’m very selective, what i bring home is what I’m going to make a piece out of. I’m not a wholesaler. I’m not selling driftwood. I take one piece of driftwood and I make a piece of art," he said.

Shaw displays his artwork in the The Gallery of Fine Art in Mayfaire and they have sold almost 600 of his pieces there in the past 20 years.

To see more pieces of his work you can contact The Gallery of Fine Art at 910-452-2073.

To reach Shaw Lakey contact him at 910-233-1291.

Driftwood Sculpture- Angelfish (Source: WECT)
Driftwood Sculpture- Angelfish (Source: WECT) (wect)
Driftwood Sculpture-Grouper (Source: WECT)
Driftwood Sculpture-Grouper (Source: WECT) (wect)
Driftwood Sculpture- Seahorse (Source: WECT)
Driftwood Sculpture- Seahorse (Source: WECT) (wect)

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