Fred Schlatter was educated as a fine artist and sculptor. Rarely will you find someone who produces the kind of work that he does. In addition to producing sculpture, he is a Graphic Designer who executes projects in wood and metal. His carved signs and architectural fine art carvings, hand sculpted and often combined with wrought steelwork, have for the past 40 plus years garnered international attention. Fred Schlatter's hand carved signs have also appeared in various publications, including Good Housekeeping's Country Living, Sunset Magazine, National Motorist, SignCraft Magazine, and Woodezine.
While hand carved signs have made up many of his commissions, he has also been privately commissioned to produce a large variety other items such as doors and sculptures in addition to figureheads, name boards and transoms for private and corporate yachts.
This ArtSlant page features his current “Woodies Series” sculptural work, as well as other small objects d'art and also a few examples of other styles of sculptural work from various periods. For those interested in seeing more examples of his sculptural work, sign work, or jewelry, please visit his web site, www.carvedgraphics.net
"My love of antique and classic automobiles, especially for the Woodies which were mainly built up until the early 50's, has become the inspiration for my current body of wooden sculptural work.
I combine antique automotive body parts, chrome and other automobile details with wood working to create my current sculptural "Woodies Series" pieces".
My approach to producing these pieces are a combination of "restoration, innovation, and creation".
Fred Schlatter, Wood Sculptor
While visiting my portfolio, you will notice that some of my older precious metal, exotic wood, and bejeweled object d’art pieces employed the occasional use of small inlays of ivory.
I acquired a very small amount of already old reclaimed/recycled ivory around forty years ago, along with a small amount of mammoth ivory (mostly pieces of what are called mammoth ivory bark) which today is completely legal, as they come from animals which were hunted and and/or died back in the Pleistocene, some 25 to 35 thousand years ago.
I very strongly believe in the current moratorium on illegal ivory trade, and will only use what small remnants of old ivory; mammoth or otherwise that I still have, from my old stash. I will no longer purchase ivory unless it is from an extinct legal mega fauna supply.