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Turning Wood into Art

by Suzanne Ramljak, et al

Book Description
The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection is one of the world's premier collections of lathe-turned wooden objects. Comprising more than 125 extraordinary works by 43 craft artists, the collection ranges from bowls and vessels to abstract sculptural pieces, many made from exotic or unusual woods. The artists represented include most of the major figures in the field of wood turning from 1960 to the present-such as Virginia Dotson, David Ellsworth, Ron Kent, Mark and Mel Lindquist, Ed and Philip Moulthrop, and Bob Stocksdale-men and women who have used their artistry to reveal and heighten the natural beauty of wood.

This sumptuously illustrated book, the companion volume to a traveling exhibition organized by Mark Richard Leach, director of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, North Carolina, features illuminating essays by two leading craft experts as well as by Arthur Mason himself.
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Contemporary Turned Wood
by Ray Leier, et al


5 out of 5 stars An exceptional exhibition of turned wood, July 15, 1999
  Reviewer: from Yuma, AZ

The principals of the Del Mano Gallery have presented an excellent photographic rendition of the extraordinary craftsmanship exhibited at their Los Angeles (Brentwood) gallery.

While the photo illustrations are excellent, the photos do not do justice to the actual visual representation of each piece. These works of art need to be seen first individually in order to appreciate their craftsmanship.

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Fine Art of Wood

by Bonita Fike (Photographer),

Book Description
With more than 130 works created during the past decade, The Fine Art of Wood celebrates a pivotal artistic breakthrough: artists working in wood now claim the same freedom of expression long enjoyed by ceramists and glass artists. These innovative new pieces, which feature strikingly handsome shapes, unusual finishes, and woods from every corner of the world, have been beautifully photographed and reproduced here in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The book's intelligent introduction also breaks new ground, tracing the evolution of these works away from traditional crafts and putting them in the aesthetic context of the fine arts by persuasively linking them to such recent movements as Pop art and Minimalism. An extensive catalog section spotlights the visual pleasures of the works themselves, by artists ranging from David Ellsworth, Ron Kent, and Mark Lindquist to Rude Osolnick and Bob Stocksdale.

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The Art Of The Lathe
by Patrick Spielman


Book Description
"Spielman, one of the best known and most prolific woodworking authors...has created what may be the finest general book available on lathe-turning....consists of three general sections: Lathes and their uses; how-to projects from a variety of artists featuring jewelry, bowls, a birdhouse, chess pieces, and a hand-held mirror; and a gallery of exceptional turnings. The latter two sections stand out because they include photos of the artists and biographies that tell of their experiences and philosophies of work. The excellent photographs and illustrations will inspire even the most jaded woodworker....will appeal to woodworkers of all skill levels and to wood artists."--Library Journal.

Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Bowl Turning Techniques Masterclass
by Tony Boase

Book Description
"It is only by personal trial that many of us can appreciate the toils, troubles, and labors of the artisan. Yet...Boase almost instantly transforms our perceptions of the not-so-ordinary art bowl, primarily through striking color photographs of 10 artists at work....the piece de resistance is prefaced by good-to-have information, such as a brief history...and data about wood....helpful hints...the art supersedes's hard not to gasp when viewing Louise Hibbert's radiolarian bowl executed in sycamore."--Booklist. "...innovative studio pieces, colored photographs and detailed captions illustrate the entire process, while each turner is profiled."--Woodshop News.
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