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Cutting Wood Threads on a Lathe by Hand

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Several years ago I learn the process of cutting wood threads on a lathe.  This allows me to make sealed hollow vessels and is one of the quality features on my urns.  I make wood finials out of Blackwood and Persimmon to seal the urn vessel opening.  Sometimes the cutting of threads in wood is called thread chasing.  I do …

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A Rare Find – Unique Story of a Large Magnolia

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From time to time I come across wood that has a nice history.  Such is the case of a large magnolia tree that I acquired from St. Paul’s Episcopal in Edenton, North Carolina.  Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) is a species that is typically long lived and very robust, not often dropped by strong storms.  My experience also shows it to be …

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Expanding the Artistic Viewpoint – Answering Questions of Why?

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The artist statement – a short written statement that helps the artist express themselves and explain their interests and viewpoints (such as mine https://vanduynwoodwork.com/about/).  My first experiences with the “statement” came more as a requirement for juried shows, galleries, and exhibit submissions.  So from the beginning it was treated more as an attachment to a professional artists resume.  I entered …

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Ben Owen III – Collection of Spalted Pecan Hollow Forms

In New Works by Jason Van Duyn

I was fortunate enough to run into Ben Owen III at the Winter Show (Greenhill, center for NC arts) this past December, both he and I were participating in that exhibit.  Ben, very generously, offered me some of a pecan tree that he had on his property that was taken down some time ago.  I believe that his grandfather was …