The Art of Woodturning
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The concept of spinning a piece of wood to create a round object dates to around 1300BC in Egypt. Most folks associate "the bowl" with woodturning, but in recent years it has become an art form - a method of creating an esthetically pleasing work, combining form, color, texture and proportion.
Producing an art object on a lathe requires multiple processes and a combination of woodworking skills. Care must be taken in choosing the wood, laying out the design, achieving a pleasing combination of form and proportion.
A complex turning can involve multiple turned components, assembled at various stages during the turning process. The finishing process can involve hours of sanding, applying dyes, finishes,
more sanding and buffing. Gilding with gold or silver leaf, patinated
to achieve a matrix of color can bring alive an otherwise plain piece of wood.
After all, the finish is a part of the art!
In the end, however, the artistic inspiration
measures the success of the endeavor.
Each piece contains a part of me -
literally, my vision and emotion
poured into a work of art - thus, the
Art of Woodturning!!