Coral From the Beach is Madrone wood featuring turning, carving and bleaching. After turning the shape on the lathe I spend several days at the workbench to complete an item like this. The final piece looks like coral that came from the ocean.
I want to say a few words about Madrone wood. It comes from the West Coast and it is very difficult to get in the east. I would love to get more of it. As the wood dries it deforms mysteriously taking on a new shape. When I use it for my coral pieces the piece comes off the lathe as a perfect sphere. In a few days the shape is totally deformed which is perfect for these organic creatures. This is a one of a kind display piece. No one can tell it is wood and not a real sea urchin. That is my objective. My signature is on the bottom.
The inspiration for Coral From the Beach comes from Mother Nature. We all love to search for beach treasures hoping to find that special seashell on the onshore. Sometimes we get lucky and find a starfish, sand dollar or in this case a sea urchin.
If you like this item you may want to take a look at this urchin.
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This sculpture as are all of my items is made in my studio Montvale, NJ USA. My primary tool is the wood lathe which I use to create the form. Once I am happy with the shape the item goes to the workbench where I enhance the part with a variety of techniques which may include carving, piercing and bleaching.