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Renze van den Brink

Renze van den Brink Woodworker
Contact
Dutch, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+32 496399900
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Spheres of wood

  • • Renze creates spherical objects out of wood
  • • A single sphere is made up of thousands of pieces
  • • Precision and patience are his most needed skills

Renze van den Brink's curiosity with wood started at a very young age. He used to collect wooden scraps on the way back from school and created small objects in his father's workshop on the family farm. “All the pieces of wood I ever held, had a future.” Trained as a carpenter, he made his curiosity of wood a profession. After finishing his first ever wooden sphere named ‘Era’ out of over 5,000 pieces, he opened his own workshop. Even though the spheres are hollow, they can weigh up to 150kg. Making these spherical wood forms, his specialty, requires the mastery of several different techniques. The myriad pieces are carefully positioned to create one-of-a-kind patterns. Renze regards his work as a search for balance in technique, patience, meditation and craftsmanship.

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Works

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Photo: © Alain Ramael
Era

Era got its name because of the amount of time spent building it. With well over 5,000 pieces of birch plywood carefully cut to size, it took four years to complete. Era is a sculpture rather than a functional object that can be the centre of attention in any space creating an experience.

Diameter 151.6 cm

Photo: © Alain Ramael
Era

Era got its name because of the amount of time spent building it. With well over 5,000 pieces of birch plywood carefully cut to size, it took four years to complete. Era is a sculpture rather than a functional object that can be the centre of attention in any space creating an experience.

Diameter 151.6 cm

Photo: © Alain Ramael
MOA

MOA is a one of a kind liquor cabinet. The unique shape from every single angle appeals to one's imagination. The level of craftsmanship needed to make this piece out of Wenge and birch ply is visible from first glance. There are two small doors creating additional storage space.

Height 107 cm
Depth 44.5 cm
Diameter 74.8 cm

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