Weathervanes, whirligigs and trade signs are as varied as the subject matter they represent. Artist Steve Hazlett has embraced that notion with his whimsical and sometimes outlandish sculptures.
Steve keeps things traditional and his pieces, albeit contemporary, are antique in their own way. He utilizes 100+ year old heart pine salvaged from outbuildings and barns built during the 19th century in the upstate New York area. He also incorporates antique copper, tin and iron and uses chisels, draw knives, handsaws, and carving knives to create his pieces.
For a finish, Steve often employs buttermilk paint, something widely used in early America after 1800. The rural folk artist would craft paint from various milk derivatives and a combination of earthen ingredients resulting in paint adaptable to use on their handcrafted weathervanes, whirligigs, and trade signs. In his painting style, Steve tries to reproduce an as-found original interpretation of the object by applying “milk paint” in numerous layers and then using techniques to age the finish and cause discoloration, yellowing, and the accumulation of surface dirt and embedded grime on the object.