Paul Sirofchuck - Sirofchuck Studios
Formally Trained, Naturally Inspired
Working with wood, for me, is not an occupation but a way of life. As an architect, I have a passion for the exploration of design and construction, finding inspiration in the beauty of nature that surrounds my studio in the woods of Western Pennsylvania, where I have lived and worked for 20 years. I continually experiment with organic shapes in a sculptural approach, often using figured slabs and burls as “jewels,” creating a setting for them, much as a jeweler does with a diamond or ruby. I allow the spirit of each piece of this living material to be recreated through my artistic vision.
I select and work each piece of wood myself, starting with harvesting trees down to final sanding and hand-rubbed oil finish. My work reflects the elegant union of rawness and refinement, crafted using traditional joinery techniques including hand-cut dovetails, mortise and tenon and frame and panel construction. The uniqueness of each piece of wood is integral to my work. I strive not to obscure the essence of the material - the fact that it is wood - giving it and the patterns and quirks that define it, prominence in the design.
Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s Guild, Juried Status
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Juried Status
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Juried Status
Registered Architect, State of Pennsylvania
• Double Finalist, 2014 Niche Magazine's Fine Craft Competition, Philadelphia, PA
• First Place in Craft, “Art of the State 2013,” State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
• WInner, 2013 Niche Magazine's Fine Craft Competition, Philadelphia, PA
• 2012 Benchmark Award for Craft Excellence in Design, PA Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair, Lancaster
• 2012 “Poplar Culture: The Celebration of a Tree,” invitational exhibit, Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA
• Double Finalist, 2012 Niche Magazine's Fine Craft Competition, Philadelphia, PA
• Second Place, 18th Annual Thematic Woodworking Competition and Exhibition, 2011 Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA
* First Place In Craft Award, “Art of the State 2011”, Harrisburg PA