Art in driftwood

 You might say Heather Jansch is a driftwoodaholic.

 She collects driftwood…

 and sculpts horses out of it.

Q – How do you fix them together?

A – By whatever method works. Each sculpture is different and can sometimes call for innovative means of construction, it is part of the fascination and why my interest in this way of working continues. The larger sculptures have a steel frame coated with fibreglass that gives a roughened surface which both disguises the steel and stops the wood from slipping when it is first held in position for me to see. It is then tied with wire until I am sure it is right before being screwed together with stainless steel screws. The screw heads are then covered with filler and stain.

Q – How long do they take to sculpt?

A – How long is a piece of string?

The hooves are made out of recycled copper and sometimes lead.

Not only does she create realistic horse structures as well as other animals out of the found driftwood, she uses it in other creative ways throughout her property.

Oh my word…


 And then there’s the BIG one.

It absolutely floors me when an artist can use mediums such as this and create something you would never have imagined. 

This most certainly wins a Funkiest Junk award in my book!

Heather’s portfolio is HERE.

Aren’t you floored?!?

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46 thoughts on “Art in driftwood

  1. Oh my!! How fabulous! I would love to see them in person!! Gorgeous!!
    I am going to share her link on my blog too…she is amazing!

  2. Wow! These are absolutely stunning! Those are the most beautiful driftwood horses, Heather has really captured life and movement. Amazing!

  3. Wow! Stunning indeed. I wonder what even gave her the idea to start making these. Do you just wake up one day and say ‘I think I’ll start making horses out of driftwood”? INCREDIBLE!

    In some of those pictures, the driftwood looks like it’s merely the muscle structure of the horse, which shows how talented she really is.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m going back up to look again.

    Is this person in your area? Does she make other animals too?

  4. Amazing! I still think my favorite surprise medium is LEGOs. Nathan Sawaya is the artist who uses them (he calls himself a “brick” artist), and I’ve always wanted to see his work in person!

    Driftwood has always been fascinating to me. I love the colors and the way it always looks so gnarly without being scary.

  5. I am amazed at what people can do! I also want to tell you that you have inspired me. I started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I feel like I have come alive again. Life was so busy that I had no time to create. I now realize that if I don’t create I have lost something who is only me. Thanks for the inspiration! God has used you to bless me!

  6. Absolutely fascinating and amazing! I cannot believe the details in the horses! It is almost like we are looking at the musculature of the horses. Love the variety of poses. She has truly captured the essence of horses.

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

    ~ Tracy

  7. I want one!!! These are so amazing, the life-likeness is just mind boggling. I love horses, they are so majestic, but her work just makes you appreciate the lines and grace of horses just sooo much more. Thanks for sharing Donna!

  8. Woooooah!! I have never seen anything like it! It’s really stunning. I LOVE the one of the mamma and baby horse…so precious! There are some amazing people out there with some amazing imaginations!!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful artist with us.
    Hugs ~ Jo 🙂

  9. I’m not sure where Heather is from. Someone emailed me these pictures and I found her portfolio online. She has a Q & A section on it.

    One horse she named Paris was shipped to… Paris. For real. Her portfolio shows that too.


  10. I am quite sure her horses are here in Calgary in a gallery in Inglewood. They are displayed outside on the walkway leading to their door. They are amazing – I drive by them twice a week and love them more every time!

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