Patrick lives in Maaseik, Belgium and is the only full-time ornamental woodcarver in Flanders. His specialty is carving ornamentation for Liège-style furniture, the classic designs from the city of Liège, originating in the 17th century. His woodcarving education includes several years of study at the Don Bosco Institute in Liège, followed by yet more at the Sint-Jansberg College in Maaseik. He works today with several men who build furniture, staircases, cupboards, etc.; he then carves the ornamentation. The carvings on Liège-style furniture aren’t the high-relief style of Gibbons, but do demonstrate remarkable carving ability.
In addition to those beautiful cabinets, there’s a “trophy” carving, themed for hunting, hanging on the wall. We’ll get to trophy carvings a bit further down the page.
My first awareness of Patrick came from discovering another line of his work, heraldic carvings. These have the depth and layered construction that derives from Gibbons. Would you like to have your own coat of arms? Patrick can carve it for you.
More like Gibbons
More “Gibbonsy,” as David Esterly likes to say, is Patrick’s “over door” carving that was commissioned by a dentist. Patrick formed the vertical drops in the trophy genre. “Trophy” carvings combine related objects, be they musical instruments, weapons of war, or in this case, dentistry tools. By the way, there’s a trophy carving of hunting objects on the wall above that Liège cabinet in the photo above.
These are usually collections of objects which commemorate and event or mood. In this case, I threw in an interesting knotted ribbon.
Videos I found interesting:
Patrick’s website: https://www.patrickdamiaens.info
YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/jplully/videos
Press articles: https://www.patrickdamiaens.info/press/