"Wood Works" Gallery
also featuring tree images by members of the Ontario County Arts Council
November 4th to December 5th, 2021
November 4th from 5-7pm
Bruce's interest is trees and wood is far more involved than just turning bowls on a lathe.
His degree is in Horticulture in Recreational Land Management. He has had a long career
and a deep connection to nature and the beauty of trees and woodworking.
Bruce is originally from Spencerport, NY. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam war
he returned home and attend Alfred State College. He worked as an assistant golf course grounds keeper at
Durand Eastman Park. Bruce also worked as interior landscape gardener for Kodak State Street.
After leaving Kodak, Bruce was the Facilities Manager at Gorbel in Fishers, NY.
Bruce and Connie raised their two children in Victor, NY. Their historical home and landscape is their
passion and occupies must of their time. Bruce has collected and planted a vast variety of trees and plant
material in their landscape. When harvesting any trees he looks for interesting characteristic and unique graining
in the wood. He enjoys transforming these unique features into works of usable piece of art.
They started their business Boughton Hill Designs in 1997. The couple do gardening for hire in the summer and woodworking and painting in the off season.
Harry Patrick, a retired plastics engineer, started learning to carve in the early 1990’s as a form of stress relief.
He is a bird carver; waterfowl and shorebirds mainly, although the occasional songbird or bird of prey is also carved.
He finds the study of bird anatomy and coloration to be fascinating subjects. His preference is carvings that are more
of a modern “antique” style. He has been a member of Genesee Valley Wood Carvers since 1992.
He is currently Past President of the group and has participated in many of the groups’ annual shows.
He is currently affiliated with Artizann’s Gallery in Naples, NY.
Along with her husband John, Alison is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Careers in the Oil and Gas industry took them to many domestic and international locations. As a child, Alison whittled with her dad. She took her first formal carving class while living in Norway and learned to carve traditional Norwegian folk art.
Alison’s interest in birds was sparked by her mother, an avid bird watcher. After moving to Rochester, Alison began bird carving by taking classes at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Encouragement from her teacher Rex McHail led her to join the Genesee Valley Woodcarvers. Support from the club has helped her to become a better carver. She also studies with award winning carver Al Jordan. Alison’s carvings have won awards at local shows, in Canada, and at the Ward World Wildlife Competition in Ocean City, Maryland.
She has two grown daughters, Andrea and Maria, and lives with her husband in Rochester, NY.
Arnold VanDenburgh has been a woodworker almost his entire life. He made a wooden spoon for his mother when he was 4 years old. Born in Johnstown, NY his family moved to the Boston area when he was 5. There he followed his passion in wood shop and at home in his basement. He attended Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA and then received his BFA from the Woodworking and Furniture Design Program at the School of American Craftsmen at RIT. Arnold established A.J. VanDenburgh Wood Products in downtown Rochester in 1987. His clients include Bausch & Lomb, Kodak, the George Eastman Museum, The Landmark Society of Western New York, Albert Paley, and Michael Graves. Trained as a furniture maker, he specializes in industrial woodworking, historic reproduction architectural millwork, and custom woodwork.
See examples of his work at: