On August 22 and 23, Obie Buell will be demonstrating making stone leaves using upcycled offcuts from the local stone industry here at the Museum as part of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium. You’ll find him near the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall and the Spruce Point Chapel between 10 – 4 both days.
Obadiah Bourne Buell is a self-taught craftsman working primarily with stone. Homeschooled by the Waldorf method on the family quarry where he was born in Sullivan, Maine, he started out with a unique experience working in pyrotechnics with his family. Intrigued by the works of Alexander Calder and Andy Goldsworthy, among others, Obadiah was inspired to work with stone at a young age, and subsequently gleaned knowledge in working with dimensional stone with his brother, Gibran.
Travel has also played an integral role by inspiring Obadiah’s artistic vision. He has traveled to locations such as New Zealand to study the bone and jade carving of the Maori; to Mexico, where he learned about amber carving; to Gambia, where he was influenced by tribal-ancestral woodcarvings; and also to Ireland, where he explored the sites of ancient megalithic structures such as Newgrange. These influences can be seen in some of his work- not only in stone, but wood and other natural materials as well.
Since the summer of 2003, Obadiah has been the sole proprietor of Stone Designs, Inc. and the Granite Garden Gallery, an outdoor sculpture garden at his home in Sullivan, which is open to the public.
A member of the Maine Stone Workers Guild, Obadiah offers stone-working classes and demonstrations at his studio.
When he’s not working the stone, Obadiah can be found in the vegetable garden or on one of his mountain bike trails.
Maine Coast Stone Symposium is made possible with the generous support of our partners: