The artwork featured here is but a small sampling of the works of John Capanna, wood artisan. Its quite apparent that they are not ordinary pieces of wood . At first glance it is obvious that they all have at least two things in common. They are all unique. And they all show the absolute beauty of nature shining through in each piece of wood. John uses a diverse selection of woods found all over the globe to make his beautiful creations.
*Many of the pieces in this portfolio are in the homes of his fans.
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John’s passion for art and particularly wood working came about as a result of necessity. His family like many from the era of his youth were makers, people who did their own sewing, raising of livestock, growing vegetables, building, maintaining and repairing their own homes and equipment. Most of the people John knew were proficient at some trade. They included his father, Carmen, and grandfather, Sabitino. As a child he was fascinated with the way things worked and sometimes it got him into trouble. Through out his years in school he loved to draw, create clay sculptures, and work in the metal and automotive shops. But he found his real passion in wood working. John didn’t know it at the time but he was forging a connection with his roots and establishing a dialogue with his father who would one day help save his life. After Johns involvement in a tragic accident in 1979, his father provided him a small space to “heal” via wood working. This is where the true artisan began to emerge. As his treatment for his burn injuries continued, John’s creativity was squelched. In the mid 1990s John was able to begin a full recovery from his injuries. His wife and her dear friend Susan Hutton, an artist herself, prodded John into returning to wood working from a garage at their New Jersey residence. After moving into their current home, John began taking classes and assembling a workshop which later evolved into his present studio in Effort, PA. Located on the second floor of a barn situated in the woods on a hillside, he finds the inspiration he needs. John has studied with many fine artists and craftsman including Master woodcarvers Leonid Zakurdayev in Philadelphia, PA and Russel Bebee in Talent, OR. Master furniture builder JD Lohr in Swhenksville, PA. Master wood turner David Ellsworth in Quakertown, PA. And the Anderson Ranch School of Arts in Aspen, CO. He’s also visited some of the studios of his favorite wood workers including George Nakashima in New Hope, PA and Sam Maloof in Alta Loma, CA. John is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Lehigh Valley Woodturners Club.
In 1979, John was in an industrial accident where he was burned over 90% of his body. His road to recovery was a long one. Physically, emotionally, and mentally. He is currently an active member of the burn survivor community. He feels it is imperative to pass on to other survivors the many freedoms he has earned through hard work and let others know they can also heal from the devastating effects of burn injuries . John appears along with several burn survivors in the critically acclaimed documentary, Trial By Fire; Lives Reforged. You can see trailers and buy the DVD at http://www.trialbyfiredoc.com.
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His Italian heritage means John is all about family and friends. He comes from a large family who were raised in Southern NJ where his grandfather settled after coming to the U.S . John is married and has four adult children, two grandchildren and three crazy black Labradors . His network of friends extends from coast to coast and overseas, and they share many laughs and good times. He currently resides in the Pocono Mountains in Northeast PA . He spends his R&R time on the Gulf Coast of FL. He is an avid golfer who enjoys nature, writing, and reading.
The creative process usually starts with a simple piece of wood! From there it becomes what is already in the wood. Via woodturning, carving, etc. it becomes art. This artistic process is inspired through me. Or, it can also happen in a collaborative effort with a customer for custom works. Either way the beauty of the wood shines through!
Work sold through many reputable galleries in the US
Custom Designed Furniture
Custom Designed Pieces
The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you. In order to have what is truly worth having in life it may be necessary to let go of everything else.
John is open to discuss his unique craft as well as how to acquire his pieces.