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Sea Worms Wood Sculpture

Design Opportunity From Bowl To Sculpture

Sea Worms Wood Sculpture that started as a bowl gone bad.  As the wood dried the bowl twisted into an ugly shape. This became a design opportunity which is when the Maker is thrown off his path and has to decide if the there is an alternative solution or does the piece become firewood.  I looked at it for months and decided to go at it with a jig saw shaping the parts and reassembling with metal pins. I believe I was able to achieve the motion effect that I have seen in videos of swarming sea worms.  All the parts are from that one bowl that required secondary carving, sanding and staining operations.  The final size is 15 x 15 x 4 inches.

Learning From Others

Early on in my wood turning journey I came upon the work of Betty Scarpino.  Betty would make a form on a lathe and then proceed to cut it up.  Because I was new to turning and each piece took a long time to create I was fascinated that Betty was doing this.  Then this design opportunity for the Sea Worms Wood Sculpture presented itself I thought of the art Betty was creating. This was a pivotal movement in my journey that freed me to explore many new frontiers in creating my art.  I had an opportunity to meet Betty several years later and we discussed the influence she has had on my work.

Here is another piece where I cut up a vase form and reassemble into a new item.  I call it Stella Meets Mondrian and it combines the type of shapes Frank Stella cuts from metal and the primary colors of Mondrian’s paintings.  Stella Meets Mondrian


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