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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...
  • Design in Wood: The Winners, part 2

    by John Lavine     Friday, June 29, 2012
    Selecting "Best of Show" awards at the San Diego "Design in Wood" exhibition on behalf of Woodwork and American Woodwork was a challenge. As I described in my last blog, the process for choosing the winner in the Furniture category...
  • 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...
  • Design in Wood: The Winners, part 1

    by John Lavine     Monday, June 25, 2012
    When I traveled to San Diego earlier this month, I had a few tasks. Some of them involved articles for upcoming issues of American Woodworker and Woodwork magazine, but my main mission was to select two pieces from the Design in Wood exhibition for "Best...
  • Design in Wood Sneak Peak

    by John Lavine     Monday, June 4, 2012
    I traveled to San Diego, California this past weekend to take an early look at the annual Design in Wood show, and—standing in for editor-in-chief Randy Johnson—to select two "Best of Show" awards that are sponsored each year by...
  • 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...
  • Designing and Building a Wood Sculpture Stand, Part 3: Making the template

    by John Lavine     Saturday, July 21, 2012
    Now that I had my thick-walled hollow wooden form built, I had to draw the curved outline of the finished shape onto two adjoining faces of the form. The process is very straightforward. The traditional, age-old method for scaling up a drawing was to...