Hand Made Sculptures

These sculptures are a created out of surfboard foam, fiberglass, and resin. Each piece is a one of a kind original, no molds, just skills. So unique they can't be imitated. So much work that we only make a couple every year. Weeks turn into months on these rare pieces of art, as our quest for perfection is not overlooked.

 
a 6' Hammerhead gliding through the water.

a 6' Hammerhead gliding through the water.

Male and Female dolphins swimming side by side. Each one of the beautiful creatures is about 6.5 feet long and two feet wide.

Male and Female dolphins swimming side by side. Each one of the beautiful creatures is about 6.5 feet long and two feet wide.

welzie art whale tail
Master craftsman Carl Olsen does an outstanding job taking old surfboard foam and transforming them into lifelike sculptures with so much personality. I’m lucky to work with such a gifted sculptor.
— Welzie

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

These unique sculptures are hand crafted by Carl Olsen who has decades of experience in shaping and creates each piece from scratch, with no use of molds. The combination of Olsen's clean surfboard lines and Welzie's abstract color work, provides a wonderfull balance of opposites that has birthed a new line in the Welzie Art Family.

THE RECLAIMING OF OLD SURFBOARD BLANKS

We never stray too far from our surf roots and the creation of our sculpture family begins in our shaping room at the two Crow Surf Factory on Oahu's North Shore. These pieces are glued together to help create the core in which the animal's body is shaped out of. Using proprietary techniques these blocks of foam start to create the lifelike creatures.

THE GLASSING AND FINNING

So much personality of the creature is translated by the shapes of the fins. Each fin is hand made and carefully glassed onto the body to create an energy that brings it to life. The curves, foils and placement of the fins can change the entire look and feel of the sculpture and much significance is placed on this step.

3D PAINTING

layers and layers of colors are applied which giving the sculptures a unique depth and individuality hard to duplicate with other mediums. It can take Welzie weeks to apply the right amount of colors to each piece, vacillating between too much and too little is what makes Welzie an expert. The sculptures take such a large amount of time to produce it is no wonder we only create a small amount of these stunning three dimensional animals. 

About the Sculptor ...

Carl Olsen and his sculptures

Carl Olsen and his sculptures

Carl Olsen

A master craftsman with a natural gift of sculpting, Carl Olsen has the ability to turn a vision into a reality. From welding, wood working, composites and more, Olsen has the skills to move the new line of sculptures into larger and more complex installations.

Olsen has always been passionate about working with his hands. From cars as a kid, to becoming one of the top surfboard shapers in the industry, Olsen’s dedication to his craft is unsurpassed. 

Welzie and Olsen grew up together in Santa Cruz, California. Together they built and created endless projects as kids. Not surprising to those around them, they began to apply their love and passion for working with their hands into a sustainable career.

 Olsen and Welzie collaborate daily driving each other to continually outdo their last project. Using the their opposite gift sets, they make a dynamic team that is overflowing with creativity and passion.

Welzie with a small Hammerhead shark.

Welzie with a small Hammerhead shark.

A beautiful 10' Great White Shark circling above in downtown LA.

A beautiful 10' Great White Shark circling above in downtown LA.

A very difficult build. The Ahi Tuna.

A very difficult build. The Ahi Tuna.

The first shark sculpture collaboration between Welzie and Carl Olsen.

The first shark sculpture collaboration between Welzie and Carl Olsen.

A beautiful Reef Shark hanging in the Wyland Art Gallery in Haleiwa.

A beautiful Reef Shark hanging in the Wyland Art Gallery in Haleiwa.