|Project by Stephen Mines||posted 03-01-2011 03:14 AM||1327 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a pair of ‘stalking horse’ magic wands made in Red Oak, 3 lead pierced. Stalking horses in my meaning are set-up pieces, used to prepare my lathes for something in an exotic wood that will hopefully be an exercise that is magic enough to help pay the mortgage. My stalking horses most often don’t make it off the lathe in one piece. If they do I carry through on the finishing but never sell them. They are either given away to friends or donated for fund raiseing purposes. These guys were donated to the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, a non-profit institution dedicated to furthering all aspects of woodturning, and were sold at auction at the opening of an exhibit. I had lots of fun with the base/stand. It is heliarced T6 aluminum, flocked green. Reminded me of deer antlers. It is in a NQNI (no quote, no information) private collection.
APRIL 10, 2011 The collector OK’s this identification: Kaplan Collection, Maryland. He was the high bidder for these wands and a pair of candle sticks at the dinner acution/opening of the Curators’ Focus: Turning In Context, a traveling exhibit from September 1997 to September 1999
-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)