Welcome to MWharff!

 We hope you will enjoy this journey into the world of wood, one of nature’s most magnificent creations. 

“Its material is not wasted or worn out with time, but rather, eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty.  We faithfully watch & wait, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last.”    (John Muir)

Michael Wharff brings that appearance to us.  And we are fortunate.  He shares with us not only the results of his natural talent, but portrays well the thought of Vincent van Gogh… “Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”

Michael’s mission is to bring that which goes unoticed into our vision.  Nature’s wonderful oddities present in burls, cross-cuts, twisted branches and centuries old reclaimed hardwood.  He looks for, and finds, little treasures…and then presents them to us through the power of his imagination.

“The clearest way to the universe is through a forest wilderness”   John Muir wrote, “and when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”  Michael’s creations reflect this interrelationship.  Little pieces, all hitched to each other, within the same universe.  And the purpose?

To reflect the positive energy in all living things.  Where our thoughts go, so the energy goes.   Whenever we create anything in our lives, we must first have the thought of it.  And the work that emerges from Michael’s thoughts is designed to invite happiness and a respect for nature.  Respecting nature means understanding that any action we take has a reaction toward ourselves and impacts our spirit.  “Nature always wears the color of the spirit” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, “and in every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”   (John Muir)

Through happiness, Michael ultimately creates well-being.  In this energy of balance and peace, we recognize our gratitude and appreciation for everything that develops the spirit.

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