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Winter 2013-2014

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Wood-turning process leftover becomes high art

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My Art piece is the first to be bid on at the breakthrough "Cores" show & auction by the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia. Fifty renowned artists were invited to make a piece that originated from the remains of Robin Wood's wood-turning left overs. Every participating artist received an odd shaped wooden core (mine looked like a miniature wasp hive) that was the cast-away core of a wooden bowl from Robin's turning project. The artists were asked to create something with this core. I decided to celebrate it as they do with ancient ceramic or other artifacts found in archeological diggings and displayed on a museum wall. First I bleached my core, making it look like a chalky clay vase. I then crafted for it a display frame made from canvas and mahogany. Next, I installed a hanging fork and created an archeologist's scale to allow the viewer to asses the object's size. I crafted the piece to look like something that might be displayed in the Met's ancient Israel wings (if they had one). Nevertheless, I am proud to be the first artist whose piece has been bid on. To see all the works please visit this ebay link. There are some really nice pieces in the auction.

Here are some pictures of the original core, before I started working on it:
And here is the display frame that I build for it:
 And finally the bleached core nesteing in the frame.  

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