Travis Skinner 

Pacific Northwest based multimedia sculptor,

woodworker, metalsmith, philosopher and author.

Home away from home

Home away from home

Our even smaller home on the road Photo by Macky Swoboda

Grandma and Grandad

Grandma and Grandad

The people who made my mom.

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

My mom and dad are the people who made me.

Fish carving in Yellow Cedar

Fish carving in Yellow Cedar

lantern for Zyl Vardos...

lantern for Zyl Vardos...

Cherry Cup and Bead with Stinging Nettle Cordage

Cherry Cup and Bead with Stinging Nettle Cordage

This Cherry wood bead and cup with Stinging Nettle cordage was made especially for the 27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition at the Wharton Esherick Museum. Photo by Macky Swoboda

Cosmic Seed

Cosmic Seed

This seed is a story. There are two copper poles and radiating lines between the poles. Electricity is the unifying force of the cosmos and copper is humanity’s conduit. Copper wires carry energy to light our homes and fuel our devices. Every time your heart beats a tiny electrical arc fires. There is a cosmic story hidden in this seed and it needs your inquiry to grow. Sometimes another story is right under your nose if you take a closer look. Photo by Macky Swoboda

Swing Bench

Swing Bench

Made with baseboard trim from an old house in Bellingham, Washington. Great quality straight grained material in old trim.

Yellow Cedar Barred Owl for Eddie

Yellow Cedar Barred Owl for Eddie

Oh little Toyota van

Oh little Toyota van

your fill is never through. So many mountains of materials, so many roads that you flew. This vessel holds humble wonder, without drawing attention to her door. A modern day magic carpet, with a three inch foam mattress floor. There is a simple freedom, mobility allows us to view. When the setting sun rests in the sea, and when we pour the morning brew. This cocoon is our container, an extension of our handmade nest. A grocery getter camouflaged chameleon, bringing hope to our next quest.

Anglerfish Sauna door opening...

Anglerfish Sauna door opening...

snail shell sauna framing...

snail shell sauna framing...

garlic bulb heat exchanger

garlic bulb heat exchanger

This stone heat exchanger is inside the Angler Fish Sauna...

angler fish sauna arch...

angler fish sauna arch...

loft window in the Leafspring...

loft window in the Leafspring...

Pyle Driver

Pyle Driver

The day Py came home with me.

the Leafspring...

the Leafspring...

Crouching Figure western red cedar..

Crouching Figure western red cedar..

Staircase in Portland

Staircase in Portland

An ADU project in Portland, Oregon.

Trilobite Carving in Pacific Yew

Trilobite Carving in Pacific Yew

Firring Strips

Firring Strips

Py

Py

outdoor shower...

outdoor shower...

Cherry Kuksa

Cherry Kuksa

I carved this with John Reese in Seattle in front of his little studio on Stone Way...

Sunset

Sunset

copper trilobite vent fan cover...

copper trilobite vent fan cover...

pebble mosaic entryway @ snail shell

pebble mosaic entryway @ snail shell

Horsetrailer Sauna Comission

Horsetrailer Sauna Comission

Sea Trumpet sculpture in Red Cedar

Sea Trumpet sculpture in Red Cedar

cupola from the inside the snail...

cupola from the inside the snail...

coffee hut roof commission

coffee hut roof commission

Social Justice Bowl

Social Justice Bowl

A collaborative project with HCMA Archtiecture and Design in Vancouver, BC

Brass Speaker Covers in the van

Brass Speaker Covers in the van

mini sloyd knife

mini sloyd knife

Made from 1095 high carbon steel...

Copper Bracelet

Copper Bracelet

Top Bar Bee Cabin

Top Bar Bee Cabin

I was born in the slippery humid sweat of August in Baltimore, Maryland. My foundations of practice began and grew through soccer, skateboarding, carving, juggling, building forts, skipping rocks and music. These activities nurtured a deep passion and desire for physical play. I have always been comfortable and inspired being outside. It was in the forest and streams that my ideas really took shape. The woods are a refuge for my creativity and a provider of my materials. My soul is deeply fulfilled when my hands are able to commune with mud, sticks, and rocks.

 

Py the dog and I share a home we call the Leafspring. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this little home is simultaneously a studio, laboratory, and workshop. The Leafspring was designed and built from the leftover materials from job sites, free boxes and scrap piles, then carted home in a Toyota minivan. It was my first major life altering undertaking that set me on a course for a craft centered, hands on existence. I somehow skirted around the white picket fence of the American dream and decided to park in its backyard and follow my own vision.

instagram:  @pairoducks

My first Artist Residency with HCMA Architecture and Design in Vancouver, Canada completed in November 2019!
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