I Want To Hold Your Hand is my third piece in the Starfish series. This is a hollow form sphere and I am no longer certain of the original opening. I turn an Ash Hollow Form and then carve the starfish. The inside is texture and color is from pyrography. The size is a six inch diameter.
I Want To Hold Your Hand is a hollow form which is a style of woodturning where the opening is smaller than the width of the bowl. I make a hollow wood sphere and then draw the starfish around the entire surface. The process involves of turning, carving, bleaching and pyrography, a form of branding.
Mother Nature Inspiration
Inspiration for this piece is Mother Nature. I found a bunch of starfish on the beach. This was one of the lucky days while walking the beach in search of treasures. I picked them up thinking that I could make something worthwhile. Little did I expect that these guys would become the source of inspiration for a series of projects. Here is the link to another Starfish item.
The process the make this item is to draw starfish onto a thin wood ball with the starfish tips just touching each other. Then I carve away the negative space just leaving the starfish. I continue to carve, sand and refine. The final decoration is Pyrography, a wood branding technique. This makes the texture and fine lines.
I design and produces all of my art in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. The primary tool that I use is the wood lathe. I am addicted to removing layers of wood and watching the block become the form I am pursuing. Once the form exists I will spend many hours refining the piece. This is a form of meditation where the hours slip away as the object takes on a life of its own.