SunRay Kelley

Natural Builder

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“[Building] is all about the human consciousness to me.  Its about our evolution more than the buildings themselves.”

 

Growing up in the wild hills of the Pacific Northwest, it seems like SunRay was always building something.  His favorite source of inspiration and materials are in the woods around him, or as he calls it, "Super Natural Store." When working on a project it is not uncommon to see him pick up a saw and head off into the woods, searching for the right piece of wood to present itself. If anything is said, he might mumble, "I'm going shopping."

SunRay's organic style seeks to retain the natural shape of trees used in construction.  His study of architecture and sculpture only reinforces his affinity for the organic forms found in nature, rejecting the rectilinear, artificial Western method of architecture.

While he was still in college, SunRay's showed some of his blueprints to an older builder who replied, "Learn to use a hammer, boy, because no one but you is going to be able to build that." Since then, SunRay has been creating things that "nobody but SunRay could build." His structures are timeless and give the appearance of being rooted, as though they had sprouted from the forest floor.

In the early 90's, Lanto Evans introduced SunRay to cob. SunRay's art had always been elemental, based on wild found timber. Incorporating the sculptural qualities of cob was a perfect pairing with SunRay’s timber framed creations.

Cob builder and teacher, Michael Smith, calls SunRay an 'elemental force.' He has contributed his personal energy to homes, temples, and follies across the United States.. His distinctive technique and passion have earned him legendary status, even among master craftsmen.

 
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