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 is a very rare opportunity to purchase a kaleidoscope with this level of woodworking details.
The body features a technique called Laminated Wood Design. It's made up of over 80 pieces of solid wood cut mitered and glued.
The scope measures 10 inches tall by 4 inches wide at the object cell. The tapered body is an average of 2 3/8 inches in diameter. The scope is made from two types of wood, Ash and Peruvian Walnut and then finished with six coats of hand rubbed oil.
The dry object cell freely rotates the massive amount of 44 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 body features a technique called laminated wood design. It is a solid design rather than a veneered thin layer of store bought imported wood patterns glued onto the surface of a tube. It is accomplished by cutting, mitering and gluing many pieces of wood together to achieve the resulting arrowhead pattern. Once these pieces have been precision mitered and reassembled the body is then turned on the wood lathe. 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 rarely seen 45-45-90 to create what appears to be a screen of four fold image symmetry. This scope has been improved with the addition of a magnifying lens for easy viewing.
Really, the images do not capture the variety in this scope! 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!