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Michael Hosaluk

Saskatoon, SKT Canada
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Michael Hosaluk
Michael Hosaluk’s love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery of the material, but in the inventing of new techniques and processes to create objects. The materials he uses relate to the objects he makes. At times a piece of salvaged wood will become a starting point of design. Other times, a design will call for a piece of wood with incredible grain. Using plain wood like birch allows me to approach the objects as a three dimensional canvas to apply a variety of surface design techniques to express an idea. Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world's most creative wood "turners". Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self-taught. Hosaluk's work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture and is full of reference to architecture, nature and culture. Hosaluk's work has been exhibited throughout Canada, in Europe, China, Japan, Australia and the United States. He has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Norway and Israel. In 2003, he participated in the French Association of Turned Wood's conference Artistic Woodturning Worldwide in Puy St. Martin, France. Hosaluk has also been the coordinator of the biennial International Wood Furniture/Turning Conference since 1982.