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The Joy of the Process

I follow the grain of the wood with the handle of my mom's old scraper in my right hand, while controlling the pressure and flow of the blade with the fingers of my left. I get a warm feeling between my shoulders and neck as the rhythm of the wood is revealed. This is when the stories begin. Together they are my calming rhythm.

Recent Works

26th of July, 2017

Revealing Rhythms in Wood

Since 1974 I have built custom homes from foundation through cabinets with the belief that a2 + b2 = c2, water seeks its own level and strings don’t lie. I was bound by rules, plans and codes. I worked the wood to create straight, clean lines and smooth seamless joints. Checks, twists, knots and flaws were avoided.

Today I’m seeing:

Checks as hardships survived. Twists as paths taken to continue growing. Knots are where the tree reached out for life. Flaws are revealed as highlights and opportunities

 I am now working, not bound by rules, with wood that has been shaped by wind, water, sun and fire. Connecting and sharing, as I reveal the natural beauty hidden in found wood, is my calming rhythm.

25th of July, 2017

Heart of the West Art Show


Two of Steve’s artworks, “Shapeshifter” and “Waterstill~Mountainsigh”, were accepted to the juried Heart of the West Art Show Auction in Bozeman, MT. Both pieces will be on display at Zoot Art Gallery in Four Corners, MT (555 Zoot Enterprises Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718) for an Auction Preview Show opening June 29 and closing with a public reception attended by the artists, August 8 from 5-7 p.m.  The artwork will then move to Grantree Inn, (1325 N. 7th Ave., Bozeman), for the Heart of the West Contemporary Art Show and Auction. The show runs August 10-12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with the live auction taking place August 12 from 4 – 6 p.m., preceded by a Quick Finish event from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Art will be sold by Black and Associates Auctioneers, and all quick finish sales will benefit the Museum of the Rockies. Live and absentee bidding will be available online with the Heart of the West mobile app, through the website, and

8th of August, 2016

Heart of the West Art Show Live Auction

If art collectors are unable to attend the Heart of the West Art Show you can now participate in an exciting fine art live auction. Potential bidders can register, leave absentee bids and also bid live starting at 4:00 p.m. (MDT) Saturday, August 13.

Steve Woodhouse’s juried auction piece is “Unfolding”, lot #69.

20th of May, 2016

Sculpture in the Wild

In the fall of 2014 I was privileged to assist five international artists during the first Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild symposium.   I was honored to be part of the crew that disassembled and reconstructed the old Delaney teepee burner that now stands as the centerpiece at Sculpture in the Wild sculpture park in Lincoln, MT. The burner was artistically interpreted by world renowned artist, Kevin O’Dwyer.  Kevin graciously allowed me to repurpose pieces of discarded steel from the burner for my pieces, “Second Hand Smoke” and “Glows Now Silent”.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these two sculptures will be donated to Sculpture in the Wild.

13th of April, 2016

Learning to See with Touch A visit to the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind

My best day in school ever!!!

I want to thank Denise Rutldege, the students at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind and their staff in Great Falls, MT. While working on a sculpture, the name “Learning to See, With Touch” came to mind. A few days after giving the piece that name, I realized what the name meant and decided I wanted it to be touched before being seen. After a few more days of thought, I called MTSDB and talked to Denise. They allowed me to come to their “Connection Time” and share my sculptures. The kids were so much fun, so insightful and such talented artists. After collaborating with the students, I am finishing the sculpture with their input in mind. My wife, April, and I thought the kids would enjoy Sculpture in the Wild in Lincoln, MT, so we invited ’em! I am so looking forward to walking the sculpture park with them in late May and know they will give us all a new perspective on the sculptures. We’re “tying” in a fishing event to round out the their visit. It will be a great day!

1st of March, 2016

Unfolding Before & After



live then die

be found

breathe in