Tree Safari Documentaries

Tree Safari South Africa: A Sculptural Journey, 2006

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Ember, White Cat Whiskers, 7″L x 7″ x 5″H, 2006

In the winter of 2006, Sells traveled to South Africa to work with salvaged, sustainably harvested woods. These included prized Red Ivory and, the nearly vanished, White Cat Whiskers; both salvaged in the bush north of Johannesburg.
This safari was documented by award-winning filmmaker Todd Jarrell and evolved into the first Tree Safari shown to the world via PBS.


Tree Safari Hawaii: The Koa Connection, 2007

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Ode to Okeefe, Koa, 32″L x 18″W x 26″H, 2008

The Koa Connection came in 2007 and was Brad’s second Tree Safari documentary and collection.
Through a special permit granted by Hawaii Homelands, Rare Koa wood from fallen trees was salvaged by Sells from the area of volcano Mauna Kea.
Additional blocks of wood were located in the town of Kona, in more residential settings.
The documentary, also produced by Todd Jarrell, aired on PBS and can now be seen on Netflix or ordered online.


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Museums & Collections

Brad Sells’ striking sculptural works are held in the collections of 11 national and regional museums and galleries. Click for More

Public Commissions

Brad Sells' sculptural works commissioned for public display. Click for More

Vessel Forms

In terms of form, Sells feels vessels can be more challenging than carving a figure. Click for More


Brad has always had a passion for carving the human form. Click for More


Sells’ visionary take on functional and sculptural wood furniture represents a wealth of textures, tones, form and balance. Click for More
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