Tulip Carving

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The lines between art and craft have always been wide and fuzzy. I have studied Arts & Crafts period furniture for a long time, and along with the furniture of that period there is also a wealth of wonderful graphic art, and things like tile from Grueby, Batchelder or Rookwood that dance along the boundary of art and craft. Of course the carved panels from the Byrdcliffe colony are in the same category. The Byrdcliffe panels have pushed me into experimenting with similar carved panels, not as part of furniture but as a different form of art/craft expression.

A while, I wrote about coloring wood with Rit dye, and promised to show the results. I’m getting deeper and deeper in the idea of carved and colored panels as an art form, and I’ve managed to drag my lovely, charming and talented wife with me. We have a bunch of stuff in the works, and I hope to be showing more of it very soon.

2Lip2_det_8964In the piece shown in the photo, the assembled frame is made from tiger maple, and it measures about 10″ wide and 14-3/4″ high. The carved panel is basswood, 5″ wide and 9-3/4″ high. The image of the tulips is inspired by a portion of a print by Charles Rennie Mackintosh from the early 20th century. The frame is colored with dye, followed by several coats of flat lacquer. The stems and petals are hand-carved, then colored with watercolor pencils, sealed with shellac and top coated with flat lacquer.



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$175.00 + $17.90 for Priority Mail Shipping to US addresses.

— Bob Lang


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