Sarah Dohrn. Veneer Artist. Woodworker.
There are only so many walls in any one persons' life. Don't hang this art. Ride it.
Each board is crafted from seven layers of mountain Canadian Maple. I bend the wood using a powerful vacuum press and a custom mold that adds rise and fall to the board, as well as the concave waves for responsive steering. Once the board is laminated, I cut it in to its final shape. Some boards have long tails, snub noses, wide front ends or pintails. Once I have the shape, I go to work on designing the veneer.
I worked in a cabinet shop as a veneer tech, while that work was repetitious production; I gained the skills of hand cut veneer joining. My designs range from creatures to freeform shapes to traditional veneer joining. Once the veneer skins are prepared the new top and bottom artwork is attached to the board using the vacuum press once again. When the glue has cured, I set to work finishing. The board’s edges must be carefully sanded and rounded over; and then the whole board is finished sanded and cleaned. The last step is the three coats of polyurethane finish. My long boards are unusual as they have my signature WindRose on the top deck. I finish the top with a bit of beach sand to add traction, so no need for tape to hide the beautiful wood grain.
The end result is a unique artwork that takes you places.
No corporate sponsor. No commercial adds. Just honest wood, glue, and original design.
Adding the veneer skins for the 3 Little Birds board