Charlie Kamrath

Charlie Kamrath has taught woodworking for many years, but when he retired in 2003, he was able to pursue his passion for working with Manzanita root burl. From these burls Charlie created vessels, wall hangings and sculptures utilizing each burl’s unusual shape. The burl is the bulbous nodular root found under the soil of coastal Manzanita plants. It is difficult deciding what type of object is best suited for a particular burl shape. Charlie frequently tells people he talks to the burls and they tell him how they want to be transformed. Some willingly start talking, but many only relay to him that they would rather be left alone and become termite food.

Charlie’s work can be viewed at Venture Gallery in the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey and at Galeria Dos in Moss Landing.

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