Stickley Style Sculpture Stand

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Project by SteveL posted 12-29-2010 01:30 AM 1882 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend, Bob Engman, makes sculpture that embody the mathematical notion of minimal surfaces, even though he is not trained in mathematics. His recent work is smaller scale, so I thought I might make a taller and narrower (30” h x 16” w) variant of Gustav Stickley’s #603 as a Christmas present for him. It is made of local black walnut from Spacht's sawmill. The finish is thinned boiled linseed oil, followed by three coats of 1/2 lb cut amber shellac, followed by two coats of polyurethane, thinned with turpentine. Hopefully, Bob will find some nice piece of his work to sit upon this stand. In the first photo, I’ve shown it with one of Bob’s working models, which he makes before deciding what he wants to commit to bronze in a casting.

-- SteveL

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 09:13 PM

Great looking table. The sculpture base needs a some more inspiration but the sculpture itself has real promise. I think there is a winning combo evolving.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 06:57 AM

Well the base is uninspired, I agree, but it is just a “working model”. His final pieces look more like this:

I gave it to him last Wednesday, and he seemed thrilled. His wife was thrilled too, because he had pieces of his work all over the house, so I’m sure she’ll appreciate the chance to move one of them off the kitchen table and onto this stand! :-)

-- SteveL

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 07:18 AM

Real nice piece. Incredible finish.

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