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Artifact Wood Bowl


Artifact Wood Bowl features a decorative rim and pyrography symbols with an antique finish. The finish is copper paint with an oxidizing agent to provide a patina. The size is approximately 9 inch diameter by 4 inches high.  My signature is on the bottom.  


A favorite decorative theme is to change the appearance of wood to look like metal. It is a goal that I often pursue to make a piece of wood no longer identifiable as wood. The viewer will pick it up believing it is metal.   If you hold this piece in your hand you may not be able to decide if the piece is wood or metal.  My process is to shape the wood bowl on a lathe.  Next I brand the symbols with pyrography tools.  Finally, I paint it with copper and oxidize the paint thus creating the patina.

I began decorating wood with paint in 2010.  It was not common practice to paint wood turned objects back then.  I received a lot of grief when I would bring a piece to my club or post it on Facebook.  These attacks came from the “Wood Purists” who believe that wood should be seen with its grain.  My response to them is that wood is a canvas and there are no rules for how an artist can use his materials.

If you like Artifact Wood Bowl here is a link to another wood metal piece Copper Wood Vessel

Gift Ideas

If you are seeking special gift that you do not see in my store then it would probably be worthwhile to visit my Etsy Shop.


I design and produce all my items in my studio in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. Although my main tool in the wood lathe, I may spend a great deal of time at the studio bench doing secondary operations like carving, pyrography and painting.


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