New Masters of Woodturning by Kevin Wallace


Author: Kevin Wallace

ISBN 13: 978-1-56523-334-8
Pages: 216
Binding Information: Soft Cover
Size: 8 1/2" X 11" Inches

INTRODUCTION: Dale Nish wrote Master Woodturners and when it was published in 1986, it was one of the first times that anyone attempted to document the procedures used by the finest turners in the United States and England at the time. Dale used black and white photographs to illustrate, step by step, the techniques used to produce their signature pieces and it was probably the closest that most amateur turners would ever get to this august group. Symposiums as we know them today were just getting started and the American Association of Woodturners had not yet been officially formed when Dale wrote the book.

Featured were nine turners (they were yet to be called artists) and included David Ellsworth, Ray Key, Mark Lindquist, Melvin Lindquest, Ed Moulthrop, Rude Olsolnik, Richard Raffan, Al Stirt, and Jack Straka.

That was then, but this is now. Turning is currently undergoing a transition from purely functional items made with the lathe as the principal tool and the grain of the wood as the primary focus. Today, the lathe might be the first machine employed by the artist but the work now undergoes significant manipulation using many other tools. For example, the wood is textured, burned, carved, re-cut and painted and the final result might bear little resemblance to the original form that came off the lathe. The field is fraught with many innovative techniques and procedures that are fast becoming the norm and the artists featured in New Master Woodturner's are on the cutting edge of the movement.

AUTHOR CREDENTIALS: The authors, Terry Martin and Kevin Wallace, have impeccable credentials and both are seriously involved the wood art field. For example, Terry Scott has been a professional wood artist for over twenty years and has written over 200 articles that have been published in twelve journals in seven different countries. Kevin Wallace has curated exhibits for many prestigious galleries and museums and has written seven previous books, one being "River of Destiny: The Life and Work of Binh Pho".

ARTISTS INCLUDED: The full color, 216 page, hardcover book features thirty-one respected artists who are pushing the boundaries and are defining the evolution of woodturning from functionality to art. A brief historical background is provided for each of the different artists that provides an insight into their inspirations and philosophies, discusses where they were trained and who were their influences, describes where and how they work, and includes several gallery photographs of current and past works.

There are some familiar and not so familiar names from around the world and include fourteen Americans, two Australians, three Canadians, two New Zealanders, one South African, four Frenchmen, two Germans and two Brits. Featured are: Marilyn Campbell, Virginia Dotson, Harvey Fein, J. Paul Fennell, Ron Fleming, Liam Flynn, Mark Gardner, Dewey Garret, Louise Hibbert, Michael Holsaluk, Peter Hromek, Steven Kennard, Ron Layport, Mike Lee, Alain Milland, Thierry Martenon, Michael Mode, William Moore, Rolly Munro, Christophe Nancey, Binh Pho, Graeme Priddle, Vaugh Richmond, Marc Ricout, Betty Scarpino, Neil Scobie, David Sengel, Hayley Smith, Butch Smuts, Jacques Vesery, and Hans Weissflog.

FINAL THOUGHTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: New Master Woodturners introduces the reader to current trends and modern innovations as well as providing a historical perspective on the woodturning movement that strives to introduce contemporary woodturning to a wider audience.

It isn't often that I sit down and read a new book from cover to cover in one evening. However, this is what happened when I picked up New Master Woodturners. Perhaps I am a dinosaur in the contemporary woodturning field in that I am still drawn to and prefer unadorned and un-manipulated forms and turnings where functionality is still important. However, I recognize that things are changing and I can respect that. New Modern Woodturners is recommended to every turner who even has a passing interest in new trends and for those who are looking for new inspirations. Just the photographs of current works and those depicting the artist at work alone justify purchase.

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