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Flying Art by Tom Van Sant

Flying Art By Tom Van Sant 

 

 

 

 


 

Periodically, I work with my fellow artists. I may collaborate on a project or lend a helping hand ie. “Summer of Color” with Ed Massey.

This past week, it was my honor and good pleasure to  install for display, 4 kites; flying master pieces of space and motion, from “Tom Van Sant’s” collection. 

These colorful, enchantingly whimsical kites, will be on display, open to the public, from Oct.17 – Nov.11, 2012, in the lobby of Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1900 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, Ca 90405.

On Saturday, Nov.10, 2012, between 1 – 3 pm, in front of the hotel, (on the beach), there will be the flying of “Jacob’s Ladder”. This spectacular kite sculpture, consists of 200 segments, lifts up to 1 ton, measures 1/4 of a mile in length, and can be climbed by a person into the sky.

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Custom Carved Wooden Box

Custom Carved Wooden Box


Recently, I was commissioned by a client to design, build, and carve a wooden box. This was to be a special box; a unique box; a box of heirloom quality; indeed a treasure box for cherished dreams.

It was to be a gift with the receivers initials. A date of completion was set….

What would be a more harmonious design for such a task than a ‘book’ box. For it is through a book, one may travel the world over, visit the past, sojourn in the present, and dream of the future. Thus….

The first part of my journey was to select and purchase the wood (fine Honduras Mahogany); then to fabricate the box  ( by art, skill, and labor).    

Art:  The design and layout, and hand carved (no laser).

Skill:  Simulating the binding and paper; hidden dowel joinery through the stars covered with gold inlay. Solid brass hinges, lock, and screws finished with an acid antiquing process. Contouring the wood to the likeness of the pages, finished with an electric pencil and a blend of whitewash. 

Labor:  To cut and match the wood grain and, ultimately, putting it all together, to finish with a special blend of oil.

 

Below, is a visual walk through of the process from design to completion.


 

 

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Custom Inlay Inlace; Project – Sailboat

Custom Inlay Inlace; Project – Sailboat

An owner of a refurbished sailboat desired the finishing touch to bring his project to completion. Thus, I was commissioned to design, carve, and inlay inlace a visual image of the name of the boat, “ Humming Bird “, on  existing Teak doors.

What is Inlay Inlace?

Used primarily by artists, craftmen, and woodworkers, etc.., inlace is a brand of solid surface material quite similar to Corian. The Polylite clear casting resin, may be used as clear or mixed with a variety of colors and textures  ex. inlace nuggets, granules, metallic dusts, stones, flecks, metallic dyes, etc..

Note; because the main component is resin, after sealer or varnish is applied, the end product will be very durable, long lasting, retaining the vibrancy of colors.

The photo gallery below shows the progression of this task. Pay close attention to pic # 3 the    ‘undercutting ‘ carving which is done to secure the inlay by encouraging the inlay to  lock  into place.



 

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