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Stocksdale, a native of Indiana, began working with wood as a teenager repairing furniture. Stocksdale learned the art of woodturning while living in a conscientious objector camp during World War II and has turned ever since. He works with exotic woods with unusual grains and colors, but in simple forms to highlight these properties. He values the finished over the process, and applies a simple method only using on _" gouge for turning. While his philosophical approach to his art has remained the same, his work as consistently evolved even in their simplicity. Critic Richard La Trobe-Bateman compares his work from ten years ago with his current work, and finds in the later a "greater freedom and less predictable geometry. It has greater life to it. It is more relaxed and more taut at the same time. Where the work of other leading turners seems to have started with a fixed idea, Stocksdale's forms seem to have evolves as they were being made. We can sense this quality, this spontaneity without ever knowing exactly where it comes from." Click here to watch Stocksdale talk about turning macadamia wood.
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Salad Bowl with Servers