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Ed Koenig

AAW Forum contest entry - 1

Red Maple Burl, 10" dia x 10" tall. Finished with Danish oil, Mohawk sanding sealer and gloss lacquer. The gloos was cut back to satin using 0000 steel wool then hand rubbed to final finsih. The Greenish color in the bark are lichens which were growing throughout. I wanted to incorporate them into this piece. I did create a flat spot so the piece would sit as pictured.

AAW Forum contest entry - 1
Ed Koenig, Apr 5, 2006
    • S. Clark
      Very nice Ed. I feel like I'd really like to pick this up and hold it, turn it, explore it.

      - Scott
    • MichaelMouse
      Beauty, Ed. I like this kind of bowl. My wife gives the spouse-tolerance look and says "it looks broken." I can polish up one of a pair I've got down there for you to see, if you'd like.
    • Ed Koenig
      Thank you Scott. It's interesting, while on the lathe and off the lathe finishing, I never worry about handling pieces like this. However, I am very apprehensive now that it is finished. Parts of the bark are very delicate.

      Michael, Your wife's response is what makes human beings so interesting. Is the glass half empty or half full? Is it black & white or shades of gray. You can't please everyone all the time and there are some folks you will never please. Bolttom line, I only try to please myself. I respect my wife's opinion since she is an artist/teacher, however, we disagree frequently on what is and what is not good art. Most often, she's right. When I first saw Jackson Pollacks work in the early 70's, I didn't get it. Over time and learning more about art history it began to make sense. Knowledge broadens acceptance!

      Thank you Michael.
    • underdog
      Nice job Ed. I like it. (Tell your wife I can't stand Pollack's stuff either.) Then she'll know I don't have any "culchah".

      How did you keep this shrapnel bomb together?!! I'd still be picking pieces of this out of my face.
    • Ed Koenig
      Thank you Jim for your thoughts. Ifelt really good that day and just did everything right. I did not use any support what so ever. It was a good day!

      Since I live near NYC, I'm able to get to MOMA often. When you see the scale and texture of Pollack's work you begin to understand what he was doing. His work must be seen in a museum to be understood. Pictures just don't do it justice.
    • Ed Kelle
      Killer piece, I could look at the details for hours. Excellent! good luck Ed
    • pyrocasto
      Absolutely gorgeous!
    • Dan Rominski
      WOW! This is a very beautiful piece Ed. Very nice form, with a higher level of difficulty. It appears as if it is a combination between a natural edge bowl and a hollow form.
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