Refinished Symphony

Beginning in the fall of 2011, I began working with wood that is used to make fine stringed instruments; ebony, curly maple, and spruce.  My thinking was to take these materials and make something other than a musical instrument, in some cases geometric shapes, self-referential sculpture, or common, even mundane, objects that we do not really consider as anything other than for their utilitarian function.

Musical Chair
Musical Chair

2013, maple, ebony, spruce, and cello strings 35" x 16-1/8" x 19"

Musical Chair
Musical Chair

2013, maple, ebony, spruce, and cello strings 35" x 16-1/8" x 19"

2 x 4/4 Time
2 x 4/4 Time

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 96"

2 x 4/4 Time (detail)
2 x 4/4 Time (detail)

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 96"

Cut Time (detail)
Cut Time (detail)

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 96"

Axe
Axe

2013, maple, ebony, and spruce 7-1/4" x 34-1/4" x 1-3/8"

Axe
Axe

2013, maple, ebony, and spruce 7-1/4" x 34-1/4" x 1-3/8"

Quartet
Quartet

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 48" x 40" x 4-3/4"

Quartet (detail)
Quartet (detail)

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 48" x 40" x 4-3/4"

Quartet
Quartet

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 48" x 40" x 4-3/4"

Quartet
Quartet

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 48" x 40" x 4-3/4"

Fingerboards
Fingerboards

2013, maple, ebony, and spruce 9-1/4" x 17-3/4" x 16"

Fingerboards
Fingerboards

2013, maple, ebony, and spruce 9-1/4" x 17-3/4" x 16"

Fingerboards
Fingerboards

(demonstrated by the artist) 2013, maple, ebony, and spruce 9-1/4" x 17-3/4" x 16"

Minuet
Minuet

2013, maple, ebony, spruce, and modified violin case 11-1/2" x 25-1/2" x 12"

Minuet (detail)
Minuet (detail)

2013, maple, ebony, spruce, and modified violin case 11-1/2" x 25-1/2" x 12"

Etude 3
Etude 3

2014, maple, ebony, and spruce 6-1/2" x 4" x 7-3/4"

Etude 3
Etude 3

2014, maple, ebony, and spruce 6-1/2" x 4" x 7-3/4"

Etude 2
Etude 2

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce sphere 3-3/4", cone 4-1/2" x 2-3/4", cylinder 5-3/4" x 3-1/2"

Etude 1
Etude 1

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 5" sphere

Etude 1
Etude 1

2012, maple, ebony, and spruce 5" sphere

Opus
Opus

2011, maple, ebony, spruce, and nickel 19-1/2" x 4" x 6"

Opus
Opus

2011, maple, ebony, spruce, and nickel 19-1/2" x 4" x 6"