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© Alain Mailland
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Alain Mailland

Alain Mailland Woodturner
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Monday to Friday 09:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
+33 466436638
© Alain Mailland

Sculpting natural forms in wood

  • • Alain turns green (wet) wood, then leaves it to dry before sculpting it
  • • This process can take a few years
  • • He developed special tools to turn wood flowers and other natural forms

Alain Mailland first studied fine arts but his heart wasn’t really in it. After two years he gave up and went to earn a living on building sites as a roof carpenter. He worked in construction for the next 15 years and it was during the later part of these years when he discovered woodturning. The first time he turned a piece of wood he knew instantly that this was what he wanted to do. After an internship, he started by turning and selling bowls and vases. However, one day he had the idea to create flowers out of wood, and from there, little by little, he developed a unique technique of carving and sculpting wood into delicate yet spectacular forms inspired by nature.

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  • © Alain Mailland
  • © Alain Mailland
  • © Alain Mailland
  • © Alain Mailland
  • © Alain Mailland
Photo: © Alain Mailland

This turned-wood sculpture was made for an exhibition of funeral urns. Once the wood had been turned, it was sculpted and then coloured with paint and crayons. The design of the urn recalls the shape of natural shells, inspired by their prehistoric presence on earth – a living house, a paradox for a funeral urn.

Diameter 28 cm
Height 57 cm

Photo: © Alain Mailland
Flying Plancton

Among the many natural forms that inspire Alain’s works are those of microplankton and other microscopic organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. The acrylic-painted and pencil-coloured emerald sculpture at the centre of this turned-wood piece is just such a form, with “white wings” swirling around it.

Diameter 52 cm
Height 22 cm

Photo: © Alain Mailland
Fish tree

Tentacle-like branches emerge from and rise up to surround a central turned-wood structure. Is it a tree or an aquatic animal? Plant, animal, mineral seem to merge in this one sculpture. Alain likes to explore this vagueness between the natural elements that reign above and below water.

Diameter 13 cm
Height 39 cm

Photo: © Alain Mailland
The Birth of the Viking Ship

This turned-wood sculpture was inspired by the 10th-century Viking ships displayed in the Drakkar museum in Oslo. Fifteen centrally connected boat-like tentacles are carved out of a single piece of cherry wood. The rough texture of the acrylic-painted interiors of the boats and their curved figureheads contrasts with the polished exteriors.

Diameter 44 cm
Height 23 cm

Photo: © Alain Mailland

This sculpture is carved out of a piece of turned black locust wood using traditional tools. The delicate detail of the trees inspired the name “Archipelago” – a group of imaginary islands all connected by branches.

Diameter 31 cm
Height 12 cm

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