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.
A beautiful piece of wood for an elegant scope. This piece of Ambrosia Maple has been cut in a special way to bring out the flames that only nature can create.
Both the eye piece and object cell have been carved to create visual movement in the scopes exterior.
The image in this scope is the highly sought after 30-60-90 mirror arrangement. It creates a wall of patterns and colors! unsurpassed by other images.
In addition to the segmented woodturned pieces in the object cell and eyepiece, the scope also features Ornamental Turning that few wood workers can accomplish.
The scope measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches wide at the object cell and 2 5/8 inches at the eye piece. The straight body is 2 1/4 inches in diameter. The woods used in this scope are Ambrosia Maple and Peruvian Walnut. The scope has been finished with six coats of hand rubbed oil.
The dry object cell freely rotates the 32 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 object cell is accomplished by cutting, mitering and gluing 18 pieces of wood together to achieve the final results. Then the 24 valleys are carved into the wood. The eye piece is similar in construction with 13 pieces of wood. 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 30-60-90. A magnifying lens really highlights the quality of the lampworking. The focal length for this scope is a full 10 inches with slightly over 1-1/4 inch wide mirrors. Don't miss out on adding this one to your collection.
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/number23/imageindex.html