What is faux bois?
An art form that has been around for over 100 years, faux bois was invented in France at the same time as steel and concrete construction (ferrocement). It is created by applying layers of concrete onto a welded steel frame, and then sculpting the wet cement by hand to resemble wood. No molds, forms, or other casting methods are used. Each piece is a unique work of art, and cannot be reproduced by any other method.
The words "faux bois" mean "false wood" in French.
The true beauty of this art form lies in the skill of the artist in creating a perfect illusion, yet also in complete freedom of form: concrete branches can have any shape imaginable, not just what is normal in nature. This interplay is what I find so exciting and interesting about working in this media.
A second advantage is longevity: faux bois pieces, if made correctly, will last for centuries even under harsh weather conditions and damp locations. Nature contributes to the patina, making them ever more beautiful with the passing years. This is one of the reasons why French antiques are so sought after by collectors.
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