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Faux Bois {meaning False Wood in French} is an art that can be traced back to the 1800′s.  Ferrocement Faux Bois uses a combination of concrete, mortar and cement paste applied to steel frames or armatures to sculpt three dimensional representations of wooden objects. Although the history of this art is rich, it’s sustainability has been threatened because the trade secrets have not been passed on by the masters. Artist Donald Tucker of Houston, Texas is looking to make an impact in the world of Ferrocement Faux Bois ~ not only with his highly admired capabilitlies, but also because of his willingness and enthusiasm to TEACH this art to willing craftsmen.

Faux Bois ~ El Trabajo Rancho

** Please note that all of these images feature work that is fabricated from hand sculpted cement. **

The first time Donald Tucker saw Ferrocement Faux Bois he knew that he wanted to take his skills as an architect and artist, and apply them to the craft.  He set out to teach himself through books and experts, and quickly realized that there were no books, and the experts were scarce.  So Tucker set about teaching himself by studying other Faux Bois sculptures.  After years of trial and error he has now perfected his craft and become one of the most noted Faux Bois artists in the country.

Faux Bois ~ El Trabajo Rancho

Faux Bois ~ El Trabajo Rancho

Concrete Faux Bois can be found in public parks around the world including many sculptures here in America.  Much of the American sculptures are from Mexican artists who call this same craft El Trabajo Rustico {the rough work} which is typically much more detailed than that of their French counterparts.  Mexican-born artist Dionisio Rodriguez was a master craftsmen of El Trabajo who produced works in Texas and across the United States through the 1950′s.  Today, Rodriguez’s largest sculpture can be found in Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas, and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, Rodriguez’s enduring creations ranks second only to Frank Lloyd Wright in having the greatest number of works listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Faux Bois ~ El Trabajo Rancho

Donald Tucker is a passionate pundit of Faux Bois and El Trabajo, in fact he works closely with Dionisio Rodriguez’s great nephew, Carlos Cortes.  Tucker is committed to seeing his artwork survive him, and his students.  That is a point of his passion for Ferrocement Faux Bois ~ making art that will last FIVE to SIX  THOUSAND years.  Thankfully he is generous enough to pass on the lessons of his work, and that of his predecessors, through classes that are open to the public.  For more information about the classes led by Donald Tucker please visit his website HERE.

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Faux Bois ~ El Trabajo Rustico