The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood

Norman Pirollo, wood artist at Pirollo Design, narrates his fascinating journey of transitioning from full time employment to being self-employed as a furniture designer + maker and ultimately as a wood artist. He faced several obstacles throughout the journey where apprehension about the decision was often at the forefront. Norman reveals how he transformed his designs from purely functional furniture to non-functional wood art where form is preeminent.

Norman also recounts his creative journey where perseverance, fate and critical decisions combined to map out the direction he followed later in life. Often seeking creative outlets, working as a multidisciplinary artist ultimately became his vocation. Norman Pirollo chronicles his captivating journey over a fifteen-year period. Follow the riveting story of how a technology career evolved into a multidisciplinary art career including contemporary furniture, sculpture, wood art and photo art.

Read how Norman, through determination and perseverance, finally attained his goal of becoming an artist. Delving into and studying art history has provided him the art language and background to develop his own art vision. Discover how he immersed himself into the contemporary art movement to develop a style and voice of his own. Find out how, through twists and turns, Norman acquired the skills and techniques to become an award-winning wood artist. The opportunity to work at something he truly enjoys has ultimately brought him solace and independence.

Norman also maintains a blog of ongoing projects in his studio at:
as well as having recently written and published three books. Books and magazines featuring the authors furniture, work methods and philosophy:

From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey (New Art Press)
Start Your Own Woodworking Business (New Art Press)
ooted: Contemporary Studio Furniture (Schiffer Publishing)
IDS15 (Studio North)
IDS14 (Studio North)
Canadian Woodworking magazine Jan. 2015
Our Homes magazine Fall 2014 IDS14 (Studio North)
NICHE Magazine Winter 2013
Fine Woodworking magazine
Woodwork magazine
Wood Art Today 2 (Schiffer Books)
500 Cabinets ( Lark Books)
Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers (Schiffer Books)
Fine Woodworking Shopmade Jigs 2009 2012
Canadian Interiors Design Source Guide
Ottawa Life magazine
Panoram Italia magazine
Our Homes magazine
Craft Journal

215 Pages, Non-fiction, Softcover. Release Date: Oct 11, 2017
Print version of book $19 available directly through Amazon