People frequently comment that the whimsy in Larry Marley's work stands in direct contrast to his fine art woodworking attention to detail.
Larry combines his love of wood with his love of the lathe and the freedom of form it provides.
His work is frequently whimsical, wanting to remind people to let go a little and smile. He loves to watch people take in his work, especially the kinetic art as the expressions and interactions of the viewers remind him of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Ideas for his pieces come from everywhere in daily life. When he imagines a piece, He writes a brief description on a list of ideas that he always carries for reference. When it is time to begin a new piece, his list is there to inspire.
Most works begin as a series of thumbnail sketches. Once a design is clear, a full size mechanical drawing is made. Then critical dimensions can be measured and entered into a software application he created to process this information and create a cut list. The pieces are then cut, assembled, and usually turned, carved, and sculpted to final form.
Some pieces incorporate a modified marquetry technique he developed for use in turned objects. For Kinetic sculpture, he uses a variety of techniques including math, experimentation and slow motion video to observe and refine its function.
2018 will be Larry's sixth year with the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. He has work in the Orange County Fair permanent collection. His work has shown at the Museo Museum in Anaheim and the Orange County Airport, with multiple pieces in the Kamm Teapot collection, as well as several private collections. His work has won First, Second, Third and Division at the Orange County Fair, and First Place in wood sculpture at the Indian Wells Arts festival.