Xylem Gallery

Stephen Mark Paulsen

In 1963, at the age of 15, he had his first gallery showing in Palo Alto, California, exhibiting wood sculpture and wood-cut prints.

He studied art, drama, and literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1965-71, supporting himself through the manufacture and sale of carved and inlaid musical instruments.

In 1980 Paulsen opened Paulsen Fine Art Woodworks, dedicated to the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces. Turned, carved, machined, and inlaid scent bottles soon gained regional, then national attention. Articles appeared in American Craft and Fine Woodworking magazines, then in House Beautiful, Vogue, Sunset, and Life. By 1986, although he was making fewer and fewer scent bottles, they had been featured in German, Russian, Greek, Japanese, American, and Romanian publications, and had been exhibited in museums from Paris to Moscow and around the world.

Civilization as They Knew It  by Stephen Mark Paulsen

"Civilization as They Knew It #5" 1990

Various wood and materials
18"h x 24"w x 4.75"d


Psychotic Chessboard by Stephen Mark Paulsen

Psychotic Chessboard

Rosewood, mahogany, Brazilian boxwood, purple heart, fossil ivory
7.5"h x 3"w x 1"d


Untitled by Stephen Mark Paulsen


6.5"h x 2.5"w x 1.75"d



Forty Fourth Dynastic Chamber by Stephen Mark Paulsen

"Forty Fourth Dynastic Chamber" 1991

Various wood and materials
9"h x 12"w x 3.5"d


Sunspot Landscape by Stephen Mark Paulsen

"Sunspot Landscape" 1984

6.5"h x 2.5"w x 1.5"d