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Some artworks are a reflection of virtuoso technique, as in the skilled carvings by Frank Cummings and Michele Holzapfel or the paper-thin, miniature turnings by Christian Burchard. Other artists portray the intricacies of process itself to create meaningful objects. Bud Latven is a good example. In Triangle Series #1, he laminated wood blocks of various grain patterns to create a dynamic composition. Here, the primary image is the manipulation of the wood. Other works that feature process include Mark Sfirri’s multi-axis turnings, Virginia Dotson’s striped laminations, and Mike Shuler’s turnings of epoxied pine cones. These compelling pieces are made more so by the analysis they provoke among viewers. How did the artist do that? None beg the question more than Philip Moulthrop’s Pine Mosaic Bowls. These are clever variants of turned wood wherein the artist imbedded tree limbs in an epoxy resin matrix . The resulting turning is a conundrum of orientation and reality.
Christian Burchard, known for turning spheres, talks in this clip about turning the largest sphere possible from a block of wood. He demonstrates the importance of finding balance between different axes during the turning process.
David Ellsworth, known for his hollow forms, finishes hollowing a vessel form on the lathe, and then speaks about using other senses to "see" inside the hollow form.
Bud Latven’s segmented forms show his incredible attention to detail through his process. Rotate this object, entitled Triangles Series #1, to view its spectacular surface, created by laminating small segments of wood together into a blank, and then turning the vessel from the blank.
Rotate Mark Sfirri’s candlestick, Prototype #3200, to view the results of multi-axis woodturning. Look for the candlestick’s core axis, around which Sfirri changes the object’s position on the lathe as he turns it in a variety of angles.
Mark Sfirri’s turning demonstration explains how he turns bats (and other objects) at different axes to achieve skewed angular proportions in his objects. He combines a turning demonstration with effective chalkboard drawings to explain his process.
Mike Shuler’s epoxied pine cones are a natural wonder. Shuler soaks the pine cone in an epoxy resin and lets it dry. He then turns the epoxied mass to bring out the beautiful proportions present in the pine cone’s structure.