In 1998 Wendell founded The Wendell Castle Collection as an avenue to deliver his sculptural vision to a broader audience. Hand-crafted in the workshop created by Wendell Castle, each piece is made by world-class craftsmen and women, and upholds the artistic ideals of Wendell Castle.
His bold and graceful pieces, often organic, and sometimes whimsical, are crafted from rare and beautiful hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals in a timeless contemporary style. His expression of color and exotic materials are synonymous with the Wendell Castle name. Every angle of a Wendell Castle piece reveals new information. Viewed from afar, these hybrid forms seem to defy categorization. The voluminous organic curves that appear to grow from the floor itself are at once inviting and perplexing, sometimes looking like apart of the piece itself.
Leap of Faith capitalizes on Castle’s most recent trajectory – incorporating increasingly complex volumes into his additive pro- cess. As he explains, at the beginning of my career “I did it the way a sculptor would do it, like carving it out of a big lump of wood. But since that big lump of wood wasn’t readily available. I constructed a lump of wood using stack-lamination”. This early interest in building volumes by gluing together multiple timbers into large, monolithic blocks is taken to a new level as today, he further joins these blocks into large, multi-dimensional bodies. The recent works reveal greater scale and new forms that, despite their often-organic shapes, would be impossible in nature.