Sam Soet

Farwell, Michigan

Borer was created in 2015
Material is Ash

Sam Soet is a subtractive wood sculptor who currently works in central Michigan. Throughout his life he has studied all aspects of fine art and worked in many construction fields. Sam studied fine art at Ball State University and spent a summer learning the art of wood sculpture from master sculptor Leslie Scruggs. Sam’s work has been shown in California, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

Borer is “a two piece form inspired by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer and the decimation of the ash tree population.” The outer shell will be left untreated and will naturally decompose as it is exposed to the elements; the interior will be treated with oils and will remain after the tree has broken down.

Sam’s work was also accepted for the 2013 ArtPrize competition and was displayed at the B. O. B.  In addition, Sam exhibited in ArtPrize 2014 at the B.O.B; he created a series in ash wood that addresses the destruction of ash trees by the invasive ash borer.  Sam’s 2015 ArtPrize entry was displayed at at the Calvin College 106 Gallery.  

“I love working with wood because the medium itself is alive and has a beautiful natural aesthetic.  Working in abstract forms opens up the possibility for personal interpretation and allows me to work more in collaboration with the medium.

“My work is subtractive – I take a full sized log and utilize chainsaws, grinders, mallets and gouges, rasps, and sandpaper to create the form.  I finish the sculpture with oil.

“The beauty of the natural world and the cycle of life and death that is exemplified so well in the forest inspires me to sculpt. The forms, shapes, and textures in my work reflect all of the elements in the ecosystem, from the rocks and dirt, the flowers and foliage, to the bugs boring holes in the wood.

"I have also been told that people find it interesting that I am related to Vincent Van Gogh on my father's side and my mother was a student at Kendall College of Art. So it could be said that art is in my blood."

Please visit Sam’s website at

Approximate dimensions and weight:

48" tall, base is 24” x 24”

100 pounds



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