Phil Lingelbach


About the artist

Phil Lingelbach is a native Oregonian raised in the Estacada area. His approach to his craft: “In my work as an artist and craftsman I seek interesting and unusual pieces of wood and then discover how best to display their attractive qualities in a useful way. I feature local woods that are usually found in my forest or given to me by friends and associates. I particularly like to contrast the unusual character of wood and grain patterns in a raw form with the highly finished and stylized sculpture that becomes its shape”.

 In the 1970’s Phil began carving in wood. In 1999 he re-focused his attention on the art of woodcarving and became a serious student. Under the tutelage of master carver, Mel Farrington, Phil joined a circle of carvers with varied interests and continues an on-going study of the medium and various forms of carving. Much of his work is done in yew, maple, English walnut, black walnut, holly, fruitwoods, elm, basswood and tulip wood. He does bas-relief carving and carving in the round but specializes in useful art.

 Last year Phil was invited to submit an example from his original spoon carvings for Norman Steven’s “A Gathering of Spoons”. This exhibit is a remarkable collection of wooden spoons from around the world, mostly in native woods, that is exhibited in fine craft museums both nationally and internationally. Phil’s entry “Triple Rose” is crafted of Oregon Cascara wood in a wild rose design.

 This year Phil has taken some time to help ensure a new generation of woodcrafters through a series of beginning and specialized workshops. In addition to teaching beginning wood carving Phil teamed up with jewelry artist, Julie Cooper, for a workshop on wood pendants, necklaces and “mewelry” (men’s jewelry) from field and forest. In October he had another workshop in creating blooms, butterflies and ornaments that he taught at the Spiral Gallery.

 Phil is a founding member of the Spiral Gallery Cooperative and his work is regularly featured at the Gallery on Broadway Street in Estacada. He is also a member of the Larch Mountain Country Artisans. His work has been shown at the Skylight Gallery in Clackamas and the holiday show of the Contemporary Crafts Showroom and Gallery in Portland. His work is also featured in a number of area shows including the 6th Annual Art & Wine Stroll and you may have seen his work and featured stories in The Oregonian, Estacada News and the Gresham Outlook.

 Phil is looking forward to his next show at the Spiral Gallery on the first Friday of March 2012 titled “Wild Things”. He guarantees that his new work will both surprise and delight.

 Phil’s Deepwood Farm
33050 SE Moss Hill Road

, OR
. 97023
(503) 630-3401


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