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Tesserae serai

I finally have invested in some home studio gear (backdrop kit, extra strobe, umbrella and stand for my first purchases). I gave it a tryout last night to photograph my latest carved turning. I had one strobe up high and to the left, reflected off an umbrella. A second strobe was placed for fill slightly in front and to the left, at the same level as the object. Comments on my first studio attempt will be greatly appreciated. Comments on the sculpture are also welcomed. Thanks. My inspiration for this carved turning comes from the microscopic landscape of seed coats. The outer cellular wall of some seeds collapse during drying, which forms a mosaic of three dimensional spaces. The name I selected loosely translates to 'mosaic palace.' Material: spalted maple Turned, carved, and bleached. 10.5 X 7.5 inches. This will be on display at the North Carolina Arboretum June - September 2011. The exhibit is "The Fine Art of Wood: an international invitational exhibit of woodturning."

Tesserae serai
AndiWolfe, May 20, 2011
    • Thomas Stegall

      A marvelous piece! Beautiful form combined with a exceptional carving. May I ask how many hours went into this ? And what tool did you use for most of your piercing/carving? It appears that the walls had to have been quite thick originally to create the final form. A truly original design, I love it.
    • John Beaver
      The piece is spectacular !!! I can only imagine how much work went into it - especially with the thick walls.

      As for the photography, I think it's perfect. I love the placement of the lights; it gives the piece dimension and shape and highlights the work. Very well done.
    • Atle Walvag
      Fantastic piece of work Andi!!
    • Clemens
      A truly outstanding piece. I can't help but wonder how you pierced the thick walls before shaping them to size. The photo is excellent as well. Kudos.
    • AndiWolfe
      Thanks for the comments!

      Here is a blog post that has a link to process photos.

    • Bernie Bober
      You've done it again! Awesome. Photography looks good too!
    • Don Leydens
      Over-the-top, Andi. Amazing piece.

      Don L.
    • Peter Gray
      I'm gobsmacked Andi, thanks for the link
      to your WIP
    • Scott Regenbogen
      Andi this piece is amazing and you nailed the photography too! Fantastic!
    • Lionel Mercier
      Hi Andi,
      - Viewpoint image first:
      Professional style nothing less.
      - Turning point of view:
      great idea, great imagination
      - Viewpoint sculpture (it must be separated):
      hard work, time consuming, requiring the perseverance, tact, a work of Japanese ...not true ?
      -a question: your long burr for the finish job, saburr ? typhoon ? coarse or fine grit ?

      Love it very much, looks like biscuit
      Friendly, Lionel.
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