It’s more than wood

Yukon’s Michael Hintze turns wood into art

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Artist Michael Hintze works in his Yukon studio during the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Oklahoma Art Crawl on June 28. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

By Carol Mowdy Bond
Contributing Writer

Yukon resident and artist Michael Hintze participated in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s (OVAC) Oklahoma Art Crawl on June 27 and 28, by showcasing his art in his Yukon garage and driveway.

Over 225 artists in 33 of our state’s cities showcased their work in a drive-by and shop event.

Michael Hintze creations. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)
Michael Hintze creations. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A member of OVAC, Hintze is a self-taught artist who has been working with wood since 1973. A Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, Hintze’s Yukon business, Hints4Wood Wood Shop, sells items he makes from exotic woods. But he also points to a wood puzzle he made from the wood of a 1930s chicken coop, and another artistic piece he crafted from pre-Civil War wood.

“As a child, I was working with wood,” Hintze said. “No one taught me. I just did it. I don’t use laser. I’m old school.”

Hintze has had numerous careers, including that of a firefighter. But now he’s a full-time artist.

Exhibitions and festivals have been canceled statewide due to COVID-19. So, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 1720 N. Shartel Ave. in Oklahoma City, hosted the Oklahoma Art Crawl on June 27 and 28. Billed as the state’s largest art crawl, artists showcased their art in driveways, windows, alleys, porches, garages, neighborhoods, and in front of galleries.

The group highly encouraged participants to follow guidelines such as social distancing and other measures, to prevent the spread of the virus.

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To connect with Michael Hintze, visit hints4wood@att.net.