It's as if the wood tells Ted Messing what it wants to be. Woodworker Bob Moyer says his job is to "get out of the way as much as possible and let the wood have the stage." Carver Brian Cameron likes "the wood to speak for itself."

Furniture and sculpture by these and other Oregon Coast woodworkers are featured in a new exhibit, "The Nature of Wood," at RiverSea Gallery, 1160 Commercial St. in Astoria, Saturday, March 29 through April 30. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Featured artists in the exhibit are Brian Cameron, Ted Messing, Bob Moyer, Kathleen Ryan and Scotty Steeves.