Wood Art – Decorative AND Functional – by Windy Island Designs

The chance to work with amazing artists, both local and from farther afield, is one of the highlights of owning Blue Pelican for the past 15 years. For example, it is an inspiration to see people follow their dream to create and share their talents with others. I was so excited this year to add local Avon artists Tom and Keven Eriksen’s amazing and unique wood art to the shop, for that very reason.

Crab Wood Wall Art by Windy Island Designs
Crab Wooden Wall Art

If you have been in the Gallery lately, you are probably familiar with Windy Island Designs and their gorgeous carved wall art, as seen below. We’ve also added quite a few stunning functional pieces, such as wooden charcuterie boards, bowls, and spoons, just in time for holiday festivities.

Wood Artists Tom and Keven Eriksen in front of their Work
Masks were removed just for this photo. A sign of the Times

Meet Tom and Keven Eriksen, the creative husband and wife duo behind Windy Island Designs. Their name is a culmination of their love of the wind and water. They draw daily inspiration from their home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They use an innovative process of combining hand-carving, with technology, to create their gorgeous wood sculptures.

Layers of wood veneer, pressure dyed primarily for skateboard decks, enhance the 3D effect.

This is what produces the amazing colors and textures (see example below).

Wood Octopus Wall Art Showing Edge View and 3D Carving
Edge View of Octopus Wall Art

In short, we love the fact that Tom and Keven created their amazing life as a collaborative endeavor. To quote Keven, “We have been on this journey together for 45 years and are so happy to be ‘living the dream’ doing this full time.”

Check out all the new pieces from Windy Island Design. And most importantly, be inspired to follow your own dream, whatever that may be.

Current selection of Tom and Keven’s art:

Gulf Slam Offshore Fish 1000 Piece Puzzle

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The Gulf of Mexico is an angler’s paradise! The Gulf Stream comes right by the Outer Banks, so offshore fishing is a favorite pasttime. Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi and Sailfish are beautifully illustrated by artist Steve Whitlock, over a detailed nautical map.

Made in the USA, the finished puzzle measures approximately 24" x 30". Spend quality time putting this together, and then add a sealer for some fun wall art!

Puzzle will arrive boxed and shrink wrapped.

About Hart Puzzles: Hart Puzzles is a new puzzle company built on a mission of giving back. At Hart Puzzles we believe jigsaw puzzles are fun, challenging, inexpensive, and a great way to bring family and friends together. But they are also a great way to give back, we like to call it “Puzzles with Hart”. It is our mission to preserve our national parks, support the arts, promote education and medical research, help animal shelters and give back to our veterans with every puzzle you purchase. Discover our beautiful, quality made in the USA, puzzles featuring various artists and photographers.

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