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Fred Schlatter

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Toledo, Ohio

Birth year

Lives in
Benicia, California

Works in
Benicia, California


Representing galleries
Independant/Self represented

mixed-media, sculpture


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,


"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 re-creation".

Fred Schlatter, Wood Sculptor

Please note:

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.


All images contained herein are Copyright Fred Schlatter. Please credit the artist and link back to this site when reposting for blogs etc. Images may not be reproduced in whole or in part for commercial use without express permission, in writing, from the artist. To request permission, send an email to:

Commissions: (Partial list)

City of Benicia, CA, Main Street Downtown Signs

City of Alameda, CA, Historic Business District Signs

San Francisco, CA, Pier 39, Welcome Sign

San Francisco, CA, Hornblower Yachts, Ferryboat Santa Rosa

Village of Rossmoor, CA, Medical Clinic Entrance

Benicia, CA, Chamber of Commerce

Berkeley, CA, Chamber of Commerce

Napa, CA, Chamber of Commerce

Port Huron, MI, USCG, Hollyhock WLB-214

Berkeley, CA, Franciscan School of Theology

Benicia, CA, Exxon Corp. 25th and 30th anniversary

White Plains, NY, Dannon Corporate Headquarters

Ventura CA, Coastal Marine Biolabs

San Jose State University, Associated Students House  


Corporate and Private Collections: (Partial list)

James and Judith Flint, Carmichael, CA

Fritz and Catherine Finger, Louisville, KY

Michael and Sarah Samberg, Nashville, TN

Dr. Marc Schlatter, Grand Rapids, MI

Alicia Chapman, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Jemrose Vineyards, Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Francis Dulava, Redding, CA



Goodhousekeeping’s Country Living, Summer 1979

Sunset Magazine, 1984

SignCraft, 2001, 2002, and 2003

Woodezine, Vol. 3, 2005, and Vol. 6, 2008


Recent Exhibitions:

2013 Knock on Wood, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, California

2013 Gems II (small works art show), Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, California

2013 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California

2012 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California

2011 Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, San Rafael, California

2011 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California

2010 Art of the Automobile, Art Works Downtown Gallery; San Rafael, California

2010 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California

2009 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California

2008 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California


Awards and recognitions:

Solano County Fair, 2011 First Place, Fine Art, Sculpture

Solano County Fair, 2011 Third Place, Fine Art, Sculpture

Artslant, 3rd 2011 Showcase Winner

Artslant, 4th 2012 Showcase Juried Winner

Artslant, 7th 2013 Showcase Winner 

Recent Exhibits

Fred Schlatter participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2013 Gems II
Arts Benicia
Nov, 2013 Knock on Wood
Blue Line Arts
Jan, 2013 Art of a Community
Arts Benicia
Jan, 2012 Art of a Community 2012
Arts Benicia
Aug, 2011 Fine Art Exhibit
Solano County Fair
May, 2011 Art of the Automobile
Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance
Click here to see all exhibits for Fred Schlatter

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