Saturday, February 21, 2015

Arizona Indigenous - New Turned Wood



Yesterday I went to see an exhibit at the Desert Botanical garden of turned wood objects all made from wood native to Arizona.  I think the above piece was my favorite of all the pieces I saw.  It and the two to the left are made of saguaro cactus ribs.  It's formed by a technique developed by the artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop.  The pieces of the cactus are formed together in sections that are adhered together with poured epoxy.  Once the epoxy is dry, the piece is turned in the traditional woodturning manner.



The piece above is made from palo verde wood.  I really liked the patterns in the wood piece.

It wasn't a large show but, the pieces are quite beautiful.  There is even an excellent video describing how the pieces are made. There is also a book that shows other wooden art pieces that the pair have created.  You can see some of their wonderful work by clicking the link above.  If you are close, the show runs through May 3rd.

14 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thanks for the link Sharon, so interesting, j'adore the piece in the third shot, beautifully smooth and polished, the pattern is lovely.

Elisabeth Firsching said...

Thanks fot sharing, thats fascinating! I so would like to go there more often. Love this Botanical Garden, to visit the exhibits must be hilarious!
Greetings from Austria
Elisabeth

Birdman said...

Ha. Never would have guessed. Love your 'gallery walks' you take us on.

Judy said...

Wow! That is amazing!

William Kendall said...

These are beautiful work!

RedPat said...

I really like these pieces, Sharon!

Halcyon said...

What beautiful pieces!

cieldequimper said...

These are smashing, I especially love the third one. Amazing what one can make with wood.

WiseTioga said...

Thanks for sharing. That is truly beautiful and amazing work. Like many of the posters I really like no. 3 the best. The book also is very interesting but a little pricey for me.

Randy said...

Beautiful artwork. I am always amazing how thin some of these are.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

I wonder how those three Georgians found Arizona's wood.

Thérèse said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I remember an exhibition at the Phoenix Sky Harbor showing similar pieces but these ones are exceptional.

llandudnopictures said...

Perfectly crafted!

Jack said...

I have never seen cactus turned into wood for turning. Lovely.