Mondrian Platter

Renaissance Man submitted the following bio to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and won a scholarship to attend a class at their wonderful facility in Tennessee a couple of summers ago.

“I’ve been woodturning since I was 13 when I got “hooked” in school shop.  Though I took some time off from turning for school and girls and eventually my family, I always did a little bit of crude turning for furniture projects that I was working on. In late 2004 I decided to go full-time with my woodworking and woodturning business and in the last few years have dedicated a majority of my time to woodturning… since paying woodworking customers were becoming scarce due to the economy.  A few years ago I joined our local wood turning club, the Woodturners of North Texas, where I have learned so much from the accomplished turners in our club and by attending the Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT) symposium for the past three years.

I enjoy basic turning and trying to coax the natural beauty of a piece of wood but I also really enjoy turning and creating classic/unique pieces… something that others haven’t done.  Or creating pieces that have a personal significance to the eventual receiver/owner. This photo is of a platter that I created after a Sunday afternoon visit to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.   I was  inspired by the early 20th century Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, and the special exhibition of his work on display that day. Beginning in 1912, Mondrian was heavily influenced in the style of Cubism of Picasso and Braque, which he continued until his death. I donated this piece to the SWAT symposium two years ago where it was well received.  This square platter incorporates black walnut inlay on a maple “canvas”.  Stained glass in the three primary colors accentuates the piece.”

SWAT platter 048 (3)


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