This box was originally conceived in about 1992 and at the time was unnamed. It is made in African Blackwood, with tagua nut ‘pearls’. The interior of the box has some smaller loose pearls, which seem to be waiting to be born. In order to do so, they have to pass up through the tube you see (one is on the way, as is evident from the bulge). It appears through the top and then is pushed out by the one following behind. You can see the older pearls in the tray at the base, with one waiting to fall from the top.
And yes, my imagination scares me sometimes! The box was finally given a name by the late Bruce leDain, a well known Montreal artist.
I am getting ready to go to St. Hyacinth, Quebec for a 1 day box making demo this weekend and was looking through older images of my boxes and thought I would share this one with you all.
Around this time last year I was photographing performances at the Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville. As I came out of a concert one night, there was a football game in progress at the Acadia University grounds that bordered the Festival Theatre. The lights lit up the field for the players, but beside it was a building which was belching steam into the night air. The setting sun cast a beautiful glow behind the scene of bright lights and the tall chimney.
This box is one I made a few years ago, seemingly quite different from my usual work, but in fact a natural deviation from some of the boxes such as Spiderman and even the Golfer's dream 2 which lies on its side.
The box itself contrasts African blackwood in polished rings with a finely textured cone section on each side. The ends and central ring are of a rich cocobolo, with one of the ends removable, revealing a hollow centre. The inside of this cocobolo removable 'top' is of mother of pearl.
The box is delicately balanced on two guitar wires which are taughtly strung between the plexiglas ends, suspended over a polished poplar burl base. The box can be moved freely along the wires.
I just got notified that this collection of my turned wood boxes is now part of the Google+ Featured collections. Very exciting news! If you are already a follower of mine you will see the postings anyway, but you can choose to be notified of new postings to the collection. And anyone who wants to can follow it simply as a collection, without following me.
Many thanks to the Google staff who recommended it.
Fruition is a part of a series, with this piece being the third, the ripened and seeding stage. The box is in the long slender stem, with the textured fruit and stem forming the top. The petals are turned and carved. The box lifts out of the base, which is textured with a smoothly polished top.
The piece is made of African blackwood and is turned and carved. It is approximately 7" high by about 3.5" square at the base. It is SOLD.
I was reminded that these photographs should be in my collection when I saw a photograph posted by +Giselle Savoie which reminded me of it. You can see Giselle's picture here: https://goo.gl/lexDYY
Ellie took this photograph of me getting ready for the 2015 Woodturning class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. The new Woodturning Studio is beautifully equipped and spacious and the students and I were so grateful for the air conditioning in those hot days of the course. I like to have some of my boxes on display when I teach so that students can see finished examples of some of the techniques they are learning and how I incorporate them into my work. She caught me setting up the lathe they have for instructors, with my display case ready for the class.
It was an excellent week with a terrific bunch of students and I have great memories of my time there.
Next demo is in Quebec with tours in British Columbia and Ontario in the Spring next year!
The summer edition (#182) of the Antigonish Review, features an image of my box "Dilemma" on the cover. This publication is a very high quality production with interesting content, one I had never heard of until they approached me to feature my photograph.
The name 'Dilemma' intrigues people at times, but the explanation is quite simple. I had to name it and couldn't think of an appropriate one, so I found myself in a dilemma. 🙂
The box pictured is made of African blackwood (no surprises there as anyone who knows my work will attest) with the ball feet and interior of the box (not visible) made of tulipwood. The conical top and flat sides are finely textured with the ball finial and feet and the top and underside of the curved body having a smooth finish. The piece is approximately 6" tall by about 4" square. It has been sold.