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  • Is it Art, Craft or Design?

    by John Lavine     Wednesday, June 13, 2012
    Last weekend I was in San Jose, California for the American Association of Woodturners's annual symposium. This was an enormous sprawling event, involving three days of demonstrations, talks, exhibitions, meetings and general socializing among members...
  • Designing and Building a Wood Sculpture Stand. Part 1: The Design Challenge

    by John Lavine     Wednesday, July 11, 2012
    Recently I was commissioned to build a wooden stand to display a piece of sculpture. The sculpture, which my client had purchased at a benefit auction, is rather cool and unconventional.The artist's name is Long-Bin Chen and the piece is titled "World...
  • Is it Art, Craft or Design? Part 2

    by John Lavine     Monday, July 23, 2012
    In my previous blog on this topic, I related the Tale of Four Bowls…the long story of Duchamp's famous "fountain" and the journey from design to art to craft and back to design. That post ended by asking if it was all simply a matter...
  • Designing and Building a Wood Sculpture Stand, Part 2: Constructing the Form

    by John Lavine     Monday, July 16, 2012
    As I mentioned in my last blog, making the 1/4-scale model for my wooden sculpture stand was very straightforward. In general, one of the values of building an accurate model, other than enabling you to see the project in three dimensions instead of two...