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I Want To Hold Your Hand


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.


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