Paul Kristafor

"I used to be a bush boy, now I play with wood! My passion for wood as a material began when I worked running lodges for many years in various remote wilderness areas of Southern and East Africa. Now, as a self-taught studio woodturner, I create vessels and bowls using a traditional lathe and gouges combined with contemporary carving techniques. I work almost exclusively with green wood. This allows the drying process to contribute to the final form of the vessel. As the tensions within the timber are resolved the vessel twists, warps and assumes the shape that the wood wants it to be. My use of scorching as a technique is inspired by the elemental part that fire plays in life in the bush. It brings out the inherent texture of the grain and invites touch.

All the timber used in my practice is sustainably sourced, often as part of an alien eradication program."

Paul Kristafor

Selected Works

The latest work from this artist.

Enquiry Form

Complete the form and we'll contact you.

First name is required
Last name is required
Email address is required
Message is required



Vessel - wood, paper, clay

Vessel - wood, paper, clay

Laurel Holmes, Lisa Ringwood, Paul Kristafor
Riebeek Kasteel
08 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020

An exhibition of works by Laurel Holmes, Lisa Ringwood and Paul Kristafor. The concept of ‘vessel’ represents a profoundly feminine idea.  Our planet ...

   View more