Q: What is raku, you ask?
A: Raku is a process of taking a piece glowing red from the kiln (a type of oven that produces temperatures sufficient to complete severe chemical changes) and placing the art piece into a tray filled dried leaves. A process ignites the combustible leaves. The result is that any unglazed areas on the work will craze creating an unusual patterns.
For over nine years we’ve sought out the finest artisans and artists in the Northwest to give life to our innovative gallery showcasing superb materials, age-old techniques and masterful works of fine art. Why bother, you may ask, to keep such work alive in an age when so little is made by hand?
BECAUSE THEY’RE BETTER.
The fine work is a gift to your environment. We are deeply committed to ecological responsibility, for the majority of the work at Fairweather’s is created by extraordinary talents discovered in the North coastal region of Oregon.
Myrtle wood by master artisan Mike Brown.
Fun facts about Myrtle wood:
The Myrtle tree is of special religious significance, representing fertility and life.
Oregon myrtle wood has a lot of similarities to the myrtle wood growing in the Holy Land.
“Instead of the brier shall come up the Myrtle tree” Isaiah 55:13.
Oregon myrtle wood possesses a wide variety of beautiful colors and grain patterns and is one of the world’s most beautiful woods.
The colors range from many shades of honey, browns and satiny grays.