Cedar Caredio is a talented sculptor who works in wood and stone. As his neighbor, JoJo can tell you that his yard is full of large scale works of art.
Cedar begins with image drawings until he “hits upon it.” Then he searches for the right piece of wood to fit the figure. He chisels away the wood to reveal the shape inside. Often the grain of the particular wood modifies his original concept. He prefers working with different types of Northwest cedar Woods, particularly western red, yellow, and white ‘Port Orford’. Inlays of carved marble, stones, shells, or gems complete many of the pieces. Working in stone has been a relatively recent endeavor. Limestone, marble, slate and alabaster are the main types of stone he uses.
Both his Celtic heritage and his life in the Northwest guide Cedar to interpretations of myths with stylized creatures or designs. Influences include Northwest coastal Native Americans (totem images), Western European mysteries (like fairies), and Scottish wood and stone carving. Tying together these elements with dreams and spirituality has led him to his own unique style. He focuses on defining lines rather than minute details.
He also plays the bagpipes!
You can find more about Cedar and his art at his Studio.