Zachary Warwas is an artist and woodworker based in Oakland, CA. He utilizes a combination of wood and wood products to consider the relationship between art and craft and to experiment with materials in an open-ended way.
In a wood shop the process is about controlling and forming projects to a specific size and shape. In my art work I’m trying to remove a part of that control and, in some cases, offer it to the viewer. The piece entitled The First allows the viewer to push and pull blocks, and in doing so, change the look and feel. In the Broken piece the wood has been milled to a specific size then fractured to reveal the inside structure. The cracks and splinters show a shape of the wood that can’t be formed by hand.
Zachary Warwas is a Bay Area native and wood-based artist. In addition to his original artwork and product he is a principal at Treasure Island Woodworks, a custom cabinetry company. His training includes studying woodworking at Laney College in Oakland, apprenticing with various Bay Area woodworkers as well as developing self-taught techniques. Additionally, he has studied advanced techniques at various workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.