This collection of Artist Proof kaleidoscopes represents distinction in style, function, form, colors, and technique. Each of the kaleidoscopes are unique and feature the highest quality in craftsmanship and materials. None of these scopes will ever be duplicated.
The artist has been known for his stained glass "Brewster's Cove" lighthouse kaleidoscopes, as featured in Cozy Baker's book, Kaleidoscopes, Wonders of Wonders. This recent body of work reveals his love of wood and the wood turning process.
The scope measures 8 1/4 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches wide at the object cell end and 3 inches at the eye piece. The straight body is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. The body has been carved with a pattern that is similar to a barley twist. This technique is called Ornamental Turning and is practiced by very few wood workers. The wood used for the scope are Northwest Red Oak, Sapelle and Peruvian Walnut. The scope has been finished with six coats of hand rubbed oil and finally buffed with a new three stage buffing system to provide a smooth finish.
New for this series is a free turning diffused acrylic cell that allows the use of transparent and opaque hand made glass items to be used. The dry object cell contains over 30 pieces of lampworked glass objects and fused pieces to provide a never-ending change of colors and patterns. The artist believes that only real glass items that have been masterfully worked in the flame can create the same rich jewel tones, textures and color blends that this scope delivers.
The object cell end is accomplished by cutting, mitering and gluing 18 pieces of wood together to achieve the final results. This technique is called segmented woodturning and can only be accomplished by master woodworkers. The eyepiece even has four layers of wood laminated together.
The mirror system in this scope is a perfect 10 point mandala. A new style of teardrop eye hole combined with a magnifying lens really highlights the quality of the lampworking.
All of the sample interior images shown here are from this scope. The pictures are very close, but they do not capture the true beauty, scale and variety of the images that this kaleidoscope is capable of. You will not be disappointed!
Additional internal images can be seen at - www.artscopes.com/ap_2008/number17/imageindex.html