Connecticut Art and Garden Tour

John C. Starinovich at Holes in the Woods

Wall hung sculpted mirrored tree holes with adornments and sculpted tree sections.

John Starinovich uses natural holes from downed trees combined with metals, crystals, deer antler, bone, shells, seed pods, various woods, LED lights, and most importantly, mirrors to create his sculptures. His garden features a woodland walk, mountain laurel and half acre pond.


2024 Tour: June 8 & 9th, 10am - 5pm

Holes in the Woods

17 Lustig Rd
Willington, CT 06279

Artist's Statement

My medium is treeholes from downed trees. I made the first mirrored wall hung sculpture in 2005. Hand and power tools are used to compliment the natural pieces. Adornments are used to enhance the interest of the piece. The custom mirror adds function and creates an interior world to explore. A lengthy controlled decay process aids in debarking and saves the beautiful cambium layer. Spalting also occurs during this process which adds lines and color variation seasoning halts decay. No stain is used. Finish is flat lacquer and /or 2P10 glue. Stamped with date and makers mark. Mirror template included. My work has been described as whimsical to avante garde. A friend said “I’m amazed with what you can do with a piece of rotten wood.”