Cooper Wood Antique Quartet is a set of Madrone wood vessels featuring copper paint and an acid wash to create the antique oxidizing look. Each piece is in the three inch range size. I know it ticks off the wood purists who like wood to look like wood, but sometimes wood is just too boring and should be decorated. Green Madrone it is a blast to work with as the shape changes each day as it dries producing these organic shapes.
I enjoy making wood no longer appear to be wood. With cooper paint and an oxidizing agent I can achieve an antique metal effect on wood. It is a theme that I often pursue. The viewer will pick up the object and believe it is metal.
Hollow Form Style
The style of these pieces is Hollow Form turning. It is a style of wood turning that was a revolution for wood turning in the early 1970’s. A pottery artist, David Ellsworth thought it possible to produce in wood a shape that he was making in clay. It has a large body and a tiny opening. You maybe familiar with these shapes as incense burners. With clay a maker can manipulates the material into a small opening. Wood is a different challenge as wood is a removal process. I discuss this process in other places in more detail.
Here is a link to another piece like Cooper Wood Antique Quartet with this patina treatment Antique Knock Off Bowl
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I produce all of my items in Montvale, NJ USA studio by dividing time between the lathe and finishing at the workbench. When I began this journey my interest was working at the lathe shaping a block of wood into a specific form. Now I am just as interested in what I can do at the workbench to enhance the form.