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Here are My Woodturnings!

by Simon Levy
Ashland City, TN

Note: click any picture to see a larger version.

All photographs by John S. Cummings

I attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, engaged in intensive studies there including: drawing, painting, typography and photography, with a major in graphic design.

After I finished with schooling, I served as an art director in the recording industry for more than 20 years, with hands-on involvement in the creative direction and design of album packaging, print advertising and marketing.

I made the transition from two-dimensional graphic design to three-dimensional wood forms in 1996, and it was a fairly natural progression.

My vessels include one of a kind lathe-turned forms, some with additional support elements. I then apply surface designs such as freehand drawing, pyrography, low-relief engraving, carving and various pigments.

"Whiskers", 2009
Lidded Vessel on Base, Boxelder, pyrography, engraving, gesso, natural bristle
13" H x 8 3/4" W x 7 1/2" D

"Inside Out", 2012
Standing Sculpture with Vessel, Poplar, Beech, cinder block fragment, engraving, pyrography
18 3/8" H x 10" W x 3 1/2" D

"Thicket", 2011
Vessel, Cherry, carved design, pyrography
9 1/4" H x 4 1/2" W x 4 1/2" D

"Aftermath", 2010
Wall-mounted Sculpture, Boxelder, Cedar root, pyrography, engraving
22" H x 6" W x 8 3/4" D

"Omo", 2007
Vessel in Standing Frame, Boxelder, Oak, pyrography, metal feet
8 3/8" H x 8 3/4" W x 5 1/2" D

"Nebula", 2010
Lidded Vessel, Boxelder, pyrography, engraving
5 3/4" H x 3 1/2" W x 3 1/2" D

You can see more of Simon's work at his website, .

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