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.
An explosion of color and a highly magnified view of a perfect three mirror 8 point mandala image really set this apart from the other scopes in the collection.
The clean lines of the body and subtle coves in the segmented woodturned object cell and the eye piece make this scope a very elegant addition to your collection.
Time is running out to get one of these limited edition scopes. Don't let this one pass you by!
The scope measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches wide at the object cell and 2 3/4 inches at the eye piece. The smooth straight body is 2 1/4 inches in diameter. The body of the scope is made from Jatoba with Peruvian Walnut used for contrasting color. The scope has been finished with six coats of hand rubbed oil.
The dry object cell freely rotates the 37 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 30 pieces of wood together to achieve the final results. The technique is called segmented woodturining. This is a true study in joinery precision that can only be accomplished by master woodworkers. It's fascinating to see how the wood changes color tones depending on the light.
The mirror system in this scope is a little different than normal. It starts out as a perfect 8 point mandala, then enhanced with a third mirror to brighten the image. 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 images may be seen at www.artscopes.com/number24/imageindex.html.