Savannah is a new piece made from black walnut planks that I purchased from a lumber mill.  According to the owner of the mill, the walnut was refused by the gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, who had planned on making gun stocks out of the wood.  This wood was refused because it did not have enough curly grain in the wood.  The lumber mill purchased the walnut and it sat in a barn in New Jersey for the last 10-15 years.  I love the idea that this wood was slated to be made into a firearm, but in a ironic twist of fate, has now been made into art.  A much better use of walnut in my opinion.  The darker wood bands are repurposed mahogany.       

My inspiration for this series was simple.  I wanted to create a modern, minimalistic abstract wall sculpture in rustic wood.  Not always an easy task, as the roughness of the wood tries at every turn to undercut the modern feeling of the piece.  I love creating pieces that offer different and juxtaposing textures (for example, sleek and modern against rough and grainy).  In the end I think I achieved my goal of making this wood wall sculpture be both elegant and modern, while also offering warmth and nostalgia.  Finally, the name Savannah refers to another name for grasslands or a prairie.  It just felt right to name it as such.

This wall sculpture is composed of walnut, mahogany, and wood stain.  It is mounted on a heavy duty MDF backing and is ready for hanging.  The walnut wood has not been treated other than sanding to maintain a modern yet rustic feel.  

- Scott Troxel


Wood, wood stain on wood

Signed on back

14.5" h x 16" w x 1" d
10 lbs. 0 oz.



Scott Troxel
Marmora, New Jersey

Getting to Know Scott

Mixed media artist Scott Troxel has always been fascinated with modern art and design. He pursued filmmaking in college, and later went on to a career in industrial design and product development. He now works mostly with wood to create abstract wall sculptures. Scott’s process involves breaking down objects or emotions to their abstract forms. The hard-edged lines of his sculptures have a discernible visual connection to mid-century modern design. The architectural forms in each piece juxtapose materials and textures varying from raw and exposed to polished and finished. Scott’s work explores themes of old versus new, organic versus manmade, futuristic versus vintage. The inherent tension in the art is relieved by a harmonic sense of visual balance.