Frankenstein Series

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This is a group of burl hollow forms, so named because of the distressed look and the various scraps of wood used to repair them and bridge gaps. I am fascinated by the different processes of growth and decay, and my intention is to illuminate both. A tree never loses a wound, because its growth is an entirely additive process. In contrast, decay in the forms of termite tunnels, rot and erosion are entirely subtractive processes. Woodturning, carving and sandblasting are subtractive as well, and as such, my woodturning must necessarily be contemplative. Visualizing the living grain patterns of the tree, imagining the intersection of the processes of growth and decay with a rotated surface, and exerting ever finer control on the minute details of the piece are processes that have developed organically for me. In the most perfect pieces they all work together to form the illusion that these objects grew into their present form. In a very real sense, they did. You will note that a few of them are turned on more than one center. To see more multi-axis bowls, go here.



Frankie, 10" tall x 8" dia




Bride of Frankenstein




No name yet. 16" tall, 13" dia




Frank Jr.




Uncle Frank











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