top of page

Optical Illusion Bowl


This Optical Illusion Bowl is a large Beech Wood Bowl. It features carved grooves and a painted surface. The wood was rather bland and needed something extra. So I cut deep concentric grooves into the surface and painted the recesses blue. The lines appear to vibrate playing a trick on the eyes as what happens with a moire effect.

Many wood turners are happy making bowls and showing off the wood. For me wood is a canvas and sometimes it requires different finishing techniques. I will use paint, carving, pyrography which is a wood burning or branding technique. Until the mid 1970’s wood turning was primarily dedicated to making utilitarian items for eating and food preparation. A movement began at that time to break that paradigm and the craft started to move towards an art form. This is what I enjoy and I am very happy to see barriers fall each year.

If you like this Optical Illusion Bowl take a look at Zebra Vase.


I design all my items in my studio in Montvale, New Jersey USA. My primary tool is a Robust Lathe. It is the Mercedes of lathes. Made in the USA it features three horse power. I am able to turn a two hundred pound log for furniture seating or pieces weighing under one pound. Once I am satisfied with the form coming off the lathe I work on the piece at the studio bench to make it unique. I use a variety of techniques to enhance to piece. This includes pyrography which is a wood branding process. I may also carve, stain, paint or airbrush.

Gift Ideas

If you are looking for a unique gift and do not see it in my store on this website take a look at my Etsy Shop.


bottom of page