Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pittsburgh Artist John Metzler, Reclaimed Wood Sculptures and Furniture

An amazing artist, covered here as well.

Check out the article on John Metzler below:

Pittsburgh artists turn fallen trees into furniture and other interesting objects
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Most city trees that fall or are felled become mulch or firewood. Mr. Metzler proposes higher use -- furniture and functional art that honors the tree and its hard-knocks urban existence. The environmental payoff is that turning a tree that falls or must come down into furniture saves healthy trees from the demand for furniture.

His pieces and the work of other artists and woodworkers sit and hang in the showroom of the Urban Tree Forge, 1004 Washington Blvd., Lincoln-Lemington.

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

pittsburgh galleries is reborn anew as The Pittsburgh Art Blog. the blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20, 2007.pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site the blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh art advocate rick byerly,


  1. John M. was a prince; I feel fortunate to have met him and shared time with his thoughtful, big picture, world in art. Thanks for the healthy, fresh perspectives on old wood, our great community and life.

  2. well put. he was a genuine and creative soul.

    r.i.p. john

  3. tree-dedication memorial :: sunday, may 23, 2010 – 12p.m.
    Allegheny Commons Park, West Park, North Side, Pittsburgh
    Corner of Brighton Road & West North Avenue (near the lake)

    pot-luck luncheon following :: at the new hazlett theater
    Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
    412.320.4610 –
    guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share, beverages will be provided

  4. website and petition link on making the washington blvd curve safer: