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Arbor Aid Featured Artist: Robert Bishop
Tree Pittsburgh is featuring some artists who have participated in Arbor Aid nearly every year since its inception 5 years ago. See these artists' work in person at Arbor Aid 2012! Get your tickets to Arbor Aid here.
Robert Bishop is a 56-year old artist living in Plum Borough. By day, when he is not creating furniture or vessels from fallen trees, Robert is the Director of Business Development & Sales, for IMTT, a language translation and localization firm based in Córdoba, Argentina.
Robert has participated in Arbor Aid for all five years! Every year we are excited to show his work, which has included intricate boxes and vessels, cabinets, and tables. He has been working with wood for 6 years.
TreePgh: What drew you to woodworking/why or how did you start?
Robert: I worked for a boss that was "Satan" and I had to come up with an activity in order to decompress since I am not one to sit at the bar after work to drink my troubles away!
TreePgh: Where do you get most of your material from?
Robert: From local lumber yards and area sawmills. I also harvest my own timber with chainsaws and a small Alaska Mill and then process and dimension it into usable lumber.
TreePgh: Where do you find your inspiration for the work you create? Or, how do you determine what you will make?
Robert: Often I see in the wood a project just waiting to happen. Also, my inspiration comes from something that I want to create for a specific function so I will match up a wood species to my idea.
TreePgh: Are there any artists you look up to or look to for inspiration?
Robert: Too many to list! However there are several great woodworking magazines which are good sources for inspiration.