Robert Chapla's Projects

Bob Chapla

Four beautiful marquetry projects.
4 foot by 8 foot wall wood piece I recently finished called "Tribute to Vermont". It has over 40 species of woods and hundreds of pieces. Don't know how many hours I put into it, but worked on it at times over 2 winters. April 2013.

Four beautiful marquetry projects.
Four beautiful marquetry projects. Feb. 2006.
Carved Torso.
Carved Torso. Dec. 2005.
A unique jewelry box with carved decorations.
A unique jewelry box with carved decora-tions. Dec. 2004.
Dec. 2003 A newly designed ottoman that has double sliding top and storage space.
March 2003 This sculpture was made from a single slice off heritage oak branch, loop-sawn on a band saw, expanded and reglued. Interior flocked. Center portion sanded and pulled out. Pieces glued to fir base which was chosen for knot placement then cut in curved form. The shape of the piece suggest an effort to give birth to a seed form.
March 2003 This sculpture was made from a wing-like discarded piece of heritage oak. slightly modified in shape, minimally sanded to retain chainsaw marks, oiled and mounted on a block of plexiglas sanded to give cloudy translucency. The block of plexiglas was among the discards from the cleanout of Jacques Schnier's studio. Both are remnants of a previous life.
March 2003 This sculpture is made in three pieces. The bust is carved from a single piece of heritage oak. The fluted support beneath it is shaped from a second piece of heritage oak. The base is constructed of red oak. The concept behind the head was to make a takeoff on 18th and 19th century carved heads done for the powerful and wealthy...but with the concept of decay and deconstruction. It personalizes the heritage oak while showing its demise. This piece has appeared in the DiRosa's 'Painters and Poets' show earlier this year.
March 2003 A 3-sided table with a 'nest' in the center made entirely from the wood of the old heritage oak - a reference to the oak as a former haven for birds.
March 2003 This extension ladder is made entirely of heritage oak and separates into three pieces. It is hinged to an oil painting of a valley oak branch group. The oil painting is done on a piece of recycled oak veneer hollow core door. The inspiration behind the sculpture was the nature of the Heritage Oak Project - to 'extend' the life of the old oak by memorializing it in art.
2002 A beautiful segmented serving tray.