Falling Blossoms – Wooden Sculpture by Stephen Hatcher

Stephen Hatcher

This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.


This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.  This exceptional selection of wooden sculpture has been curated by John Hill, the exhibition coordinator of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Big leaf maple and Gabon ebony wood finial with mineral crystal inlay
  • Green calcite, black mica, pink dolomite, and acrylic resin create the imagery of a tree in bloom
  • Topcoat of colorfast dyes and a hand-rubbed lacquer finish, and interior coating of acrylic paint
  • Rare earth magnets are used to secure the lid in alignment with the inlay imagery
  • 6.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”
  • This piece has been SOLD
  • Made in 2018

“Falling Blossoms” depicts a cherry tree on an early morning spring day. The tori finial reflects the Shinto Gate design of Japan which represents, in part, living in harmony with nature. Inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest where I live on Oyster Bay, WA.”

Stephen Hatcher is a woodturner and sculptor who incorporates mineral crystals into his designs. This unique style of artwork has earned him many awards including recognition by Southwest Art magazine as the most innovative wood artist in 2007.  He has also been featured in many other books and magazines, including most recently “100 Northwest Arts, “CAST”, and “Audacious”. Stephen’s work is found in numerous private, corporate, and institution collections around the world. Trained in electrical  engineering and mathematics, Stephen was an entrepreneur in the Seattle, WA area for 25 years designing cutting-edge satellite communications equipment. Retiring from the field in 2002, he pursued his love of art which draws inspiration from the natural beauty and cultural aspects of the Pacific Rim. Stephen has developed many methods of combining the inlay of minerals shell, and others, with woodturning and flat-wood art. In 2013 and 2014, respectively, Stephen was an Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park, Alaska, and Gates of the Artic National Park, Alaska. Stephen has taught design, inlay, and finishing techniques repeatedly at six renowned U.S. schools as well as demonstrating or lecturing at clubs and symposiums across the country and internationally. He resides on Oyster Bay in western Washington State with his wife Brenda, several pets, and a 1000 sq. ft. shop/studio. Stephen strives to conceive and create pieces that reach out and connect with others – works to stir the viewer’s  memory, imagination, and evoke a moment in time.