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Tony Robinson grew up on a farm in Ohio and alter built custom homes, alter relocating to the Grays Harbor area of Washington State. But after 20 years his artistic side called and he turned his attention first to hand made art items and later to the super sized, almost gigantic chainsaw sculpted statutes.
Living in Copalis Crossing, Tony spends much of his time at the Hogan’s Corner intersection, where highway 109 allows visitors to turn left into Ocean Shores or proceed straight on to Ocean City, Copalis Beach and beyond. He also displays in Seabreeze Gallery, a new store and gallery exhibiting and selling the work of 30 local artists and artisans.
Watching Tony at work is to observe a buzz saw of activity, fueled by whining chain saws and his every present movement.
“One day I was walking on the beach and found a large piece of driftwood. I wanted to carve it into a wolf,” he says. “I bought a chainsaw, took it to the beach and started carving. I made a gigantic mess.”
That lit a fire and after friend, Jeffro Uitto gave him a piece of driftwood, Tony created a now famous image of wild horses that he titled "Hurricane." Tony sees his creative life as a journey which only started when he was 40. Tony felt honored when Keith Hoffman asked him to join Seabreeze Gallery.
“You need three things to be an artist – a gift, ambition and desire,” he says. Now his new job has become a passion that takes up both nights and days.
His favorite subjects are magnificient creatures from the natural environment such as whales, wolves, salmon bear, eagles and the ever popular big foot. But he has also been called upon to create life size sculptures of Seahawk players.
The process begins by roughing out a shape in immature wood in a large carving tent. A smaller tent is used to dry the wood, after which Tony is able to carve more intricate details. Some wood is left in its natural state, some varnished and some painted for effect. He often returns to pieces with new items he can not resist.
From friends from every walk of life, Tony gets support from many. His work now graces homes and business all over Washington State. "I have never have trouble getting wood," says Tony, "I know the right people and often trade sculpture for wood."
Many find it odd that Tony has no format art training but he is an avid reader and has developed a keep sense of drawing. “They say you need to learn to draw in order to sculpt,” he quips. “I did it the other way around.”
- Address: 1551 Ocean Beach Road, Hoquiam, WA, 98550
- Hours: 9am - 5pm Every Day
- Phone: 360-269-2536
- Website: NativeBeachArt.com