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.
This scope is a perfect example of Laminated Wood Designs and Segmented Woodturning. The number count really got out of control on this scope. 72 Pieces of wood were used to create the patterns in the body of the scope, and 30 pieces in the object cell.
The Artist was not shy with the glass objects either. He chose 50 pieces of Lampworked and fused glass shapes with over 25 shades and hues of color that have been included to create an extreme amount of variety rarely seen in hand held scopes today!
The scope measures 11 3/8 inches tall by 3 3/4 inches wide at the object cell and 2 3/4 inches at the eye piece. The straight body is 2 1/4 inches in diameter. The woods used in this scope are Quartersawn Red Oak and African Paduk and then finished with six coats of hand rubbed oil.
The dry object cell freely rotates the massive amount of 50 pieces of lampworked glass objects and fused dichroic 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 patterns in the body of the scope is created by cutting, gluing, and sanding 72 pieces of wood to create the Zig-Zag pattern that repeat on three sides of the body. Once assembled, the body is turned by hand on a wood lathe revealing the final pattern. The patterns are not cheap imported inlays.
The object cell is accomplished by cutting, mitering and gluing 30 pieces of wood together to achieve the final results. This is a true study in joinery precision that can only be accomplished by master woodworkers.
The mirror system in this scope is a perfect 6 point Mandala that has bee enhanced with the use of a magnify lens. The focal length for this scope is a full 10 inches with slightly over 1 inch wide mirrors. The variation in this scope is astounding.
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/number15/imageindex.html