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Adam Birch is a Cape Town-based sculptor and arborist, whose fascination and experience with timber as a medium is multi-faceted. From the unique forms and wood grain of each tree, he carves functional pieces of sculpture, most often transforming the discarded forks of trees into sensuously curved seats.  

Born in 1976 near Johannesburg, Adam grew up on a large farm in the Cape Winelands, where his love of trees began as a child playing in its forests. He graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2000 with a fine art degree majoring in applied graphics, but always dreamed of becoming a full-time sculptor. An apprenticeship as a tree climber led to his own tree surgery company and a ready supply of raw material. As he worked with the difficult, often dangerous, sections of trees that needed to be removed, he saw sculptural forms emerge and began to design and sculpt sculpture and furniture.  

A passionate environmentalist, Adam cuts down only alien tree species and uses indigenous wood only from trees that have already fallen. Once a tree is felled, he takes a trunk-to-twig approach to utilising the timber, sawing it into planks, floor boards, structural beams and firewood until only the fork remainsThis is the part of the tree that carpenters usually discard because the dense, twisted grain is difficult to cut. But in a tree’s anatomy, this juncture is a key point determining its stability; it holds a charged energy that he heightens by scooping out sections and further animating others. The natural shape of each piece informs the sculptural approach, and although the end result is refined and sophisticated, the essence of the individual tree is still present. 

Adam’s first solo exhibition, Bifurcation, was held at Southern Guild in 2018. His work has become highly sought after and he has exhibited at international design fairs such as Design Miami and The Salon Art + Design in New York. 

Adam Birch
Capybara

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
150 x 90 x 160 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Capybara

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
150 x 90 x 160 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Grootvoet

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
190 x 65 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Grootvoet

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
190 x 65 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Okapi

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
170 x 60 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Okapi

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
170 x 60 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Swoop

Pinus Pinaster (Maritime Pine)
150 x 50 x 205 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Swoop

Pinus Pinaster (Maritime Pine)
150 x 50 x 205 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Griffin

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
120 x 70 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Griffin

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
120 x 70 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Swift

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
140 x 50 x 170 cm
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Adam Birch
Swift

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
140 x 50 x 170 cm
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Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner I

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
90 x 40 x 95 cm
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Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner I

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
90 x 40 x 95 cm
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Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner II

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
100 x 35 x 85 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner II

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
100 x 35 x 85 cm
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Adam Birch
Bone Bench & Awkward is Beautiful

Eucalyptus Cladocalyx, Camphor wood
170 x 48 x 46 cm & 170 x 70 x 128 cm
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Adam Birch
Bone Bench & Awkward is Beautiful

Eucalyptus Cladocalyx, Camphor wood
170 x 48 x 46 cm & 170 x 70 x 128 cm
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Adam Birch
Cross Cut I & Cross Cut II

Pinus Radiata
25 x 25 x 192 cm & 26 x 26 x 240cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Cross Cut I & Cross Cut II

Pinus Radiata
25 x 25 x 192 cm & 26 x 26 x 240cm
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Adam Birch
Backbone

Eucalyptus Cladocalyx
120 x 50 x 142 cm
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Adam Birch
Backbone

Eucalyptus Cladocalyx
120 x 50 x 142 cm
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Adam Birch
Egg Cup Chair

Camphor wood
75 x 79 x 100 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Egg Cup Chair

Camphor wood
75 x 79 x 100 cm
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