Beach Sea Urchin features turning, carving and bleaching from Madrone wood. After turning the hollow form on the lathe I will spend several days at the workbench to complete an item with this much detail. The final piece looks like it came out of the ocean and not the ground as does wood. My signature is on the bottom.
I would like to discuss Madrone wood. It grows on West Coast and it is very difficult to get in the here on the East Coast. I would love to get more of it. As the wood dries it deforms quickly taking on a new shape. When I use it for my coral pieces the unit comes off the lathe as a perfect ball. In a few days the shape deforms which is perfect for these organic creatures.
Beach Sea Urchin is a unique display piece. No one can tell it is wood and not a real sea urchin when I show it to them. That is my objective, to make wood look like something else.
The inspiration for Beach Sea Urchin comes from Mother Nature. Everyone searches for beach treasures hoping to find that special gift from Mother Nature. Sometimes we get lucky and find a starfish, sand dollar or in this case a sea urchin.
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This sculpture as are all of my items is made in my studio Montvale, New Jersey, USA. My primary tool is the wood lathe which I use to shape this item. Once I have the form I will spend many hours refining it with details to make it appear as an Urchin.