This collection of Artist Proof kaleidoscopes represents distinction in style, function, form, colors, and technique. Each of the twenty-five kaleidoscopes is unique and features 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 object cell features a technique called Segmented Woodturning. It's fascinating to see how the wood changes color tones depending on the light.
The scope measures 9 1/2 inches tall by 4 inches wide at the object cell. The eight sided tapered body is an average of 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The scope is made from two types of wood, Lyptus and Sapele and then finished with six coats of hand rubbed oil.
The dry object cell freely rotates the 33 pieces of lampworked glass objects 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 is made from 24 pieces of Sapele wood and 6 pieces of Lyptus. These pieces have been precision mitered, reassembled and then turned on the wood lathe. This is a true study in joinery precision that can only be accomplished by master woodworkers.
The mirror system in this scope is an extremely rare three mirror modified chorus line and is made from only the best front surface mirror available. I call it my, "Wide Screen Version". It looks just like a wide screen TV that goes into infinity! Normally, chorus lines are made with only two mirrors. The focal length for this scope is 8 1/4 inches with 1-1/4 inch wide mirrors to create a very generous view.
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!