Holly Tornheim

In 1977, while helping to remodel a 16th-century convent in Provence, Holly carved her first piece. On an old larch pole beam, she carved the hollyhocks that grew in the convent garden using a small straight-edge chisel found in a workroom. She has continued doing all the work on each piece from design to execution herself, in her single-person, solar-powered studio. Drawn to natural shapes and forms, she tries to make pieces that are not only visually exciting but also a delight to handle and use. 

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