|Project by Stephen Mines||posted 02-16-2011 11:15 PM||1233 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This is ‘Magic Wand’ #176. It is a stalking horse piece…one that precedes the actual intended part(s). Generaly I do a series of 20 to 25 wands, about five or six of each series are what I call stalking horses,,,that is they are used to make my setups, are considered sacrificial, and rarely make it to completion. They are followed by the intended pieces which are variants in rare or exotic woods. This is a rare one in that it made it all of the way intact. It is made of Poplar with just a natural polished finish…only the waxes in the polishing compound are sealing it and they are usually enough to protect it down the road. It is also rare in that I left the ‘core’ intact when piercing the three helical leads. The leads and the core are only joined at the ends where they begin and end. The wand is 1.375” diameter X 20.5” long with open pierced body and tip…the tip has an Austrian crystal. It is in the the Gieringer Collection in Symar, California. It is photographed on a natural redwood, driftwood burl (just for photo purposes).
-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)