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The 2017 art show tour for Spectrum Wood has ended.

Perhaps you were able to attend one of the shows in 2017

and saw something you liked but did not purchase.

Or you see something on this website that is of interest.

The item may still be available or the gnomes will go to work and make another.

to inquire when the item might be available.

 

Check for shows in 2018, they will be posted at the bottom of this page when invitations are accepted.

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In March of 2015, the gnomes were very busy in the workshop creating goblets for a group in Huntsville, Alabama. The goblets are 6 inches in height and about 3 inches in diameter. Several types of wood was used to create the goblets; ash, maple, apple and pine. The finish is walnut oil and a food safe polyurethane/mineral spirits.

What follows is an image of the 20 goblets that were shipped to Huntsville.

20 Goblets

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Off To School

The Spectrum Wood gnomes are in school. They have decided to learn how to cook.

That is stretching the truth a bit, some works produced by the gnomes in the workshop are in

The Little City Cooking School, a cooking school located near Dayton, Ohio.

To see Chef Jo and the staff of WDTN TV in Dayton using the cutting boards, click on any of the following links.

Demonstration #1

Demonstration #2

Demonstration #3

Demonstration #4

Cutting boards and cellars (small bowls) for salt and pepper are used by the students taking classes at the school.

The following are examples of the cutting boards and the salt and pepper cellars.

Salt and Pepper Cellars Cutting Boards

 

Can you locate the cutting boards and the cellars in the pictures taken during classes at the school?


CookingSchool CookingSchool

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In The Movies

Spectrum Wood is in the movies, well really one movie.

Goblets created in the Spectrum Wood workshop are appearing in an award winning movie.

What follows are a couple of the still images from the movie and links to where more information may be obtained about the movie.

Movie Logo and Award

Note the goblets on the table. All of the goblets used in the movie were created in the Spectrum Wood workshop.

Movie Image 1 Movie Image 2

More information about the movie may be obtained from the

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod website or from the distributor of the movie Come Follow Me.

 

 

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Trivets

Bean Soup Trivet

Bean Soup Trivet

Trivets come in all sizes, shapes and designs. Through the years a variety of trivets have been constructed. From the geometric trivets there have been many scraps in the form of triangles left when the trivet is complete. The scraps have been collected in a container and set aside. The gnomes thought maybe we can construct a trivet from the triangular scraps. And from that arose the trivet you see above. About the same time appearing in the kitchen was a pot stewing that contained many types of beans that would eventually become bean soup. The colors of the bean soup and the colors of the scrap trivet closely resembled one another, thus the trivet name Bean Soup. The gnomes have been told that this particular trivet may go on tour, but will always reside at home. So it is, we have to say, "Look but don't touch".

To see the variety of trivets created over the years in the Spectrum Wood workshop, click on one of the following:

Quilt Pattern Trivets

Star Burst Trivets

Sunset Trivets

Zipper Trivets

Miscellaneous Trivets

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Now for something completely different

Round Things

Redbud Crotch Bowl Redbud Crotch Bowl

Redbud Tree Natural Edge Bowl

This bowl comes from redbud tree. It was turned from the crotch the intersection where a branch leaves the trunk of the tree. Many times water will get between the branch and the tree and rot out that area. This did not happen in this tree. The result is a beautiful bowl with lots of interesting character in the exposed grain.

This bowl was one of many items from members of the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild that were on display at the Ruthvan Gallery in the Cincinnati Museum Center through March 31, 2013.

Crotch Bowl Crotch Bowl Crotch Bowl

Apple Tree Natural Edge Bowl

This bowl comes from an apple tree. It was turned from the crotch (where a branch leaves the trunk) of the tree. Many times water will get between the branch and the tree and rot out that area. This did not happen in this tree. The result is a beautiful bowl with lots of interesting character in the exposed grain.

This bowl was one of many items from members of the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild that were on display at the Oxford (Ohio) Community Art Center from March 8, 2013 through April 8, 2013.

Round Things

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Woodworking has been a hobby most of my life.  Now that I am retired it has become more of an avocation.  There is more time to be spent in the shop, more time devoted to putting ideas to wood, more time to learn and perfect new techniques of working with wood.

Through the generosity of friends and neighbors, the cost of wood is kept reasonable.  I have let it be known that if someone cuts down a tree or does significant pruning of a tree that I would be interested in looking at the wood and possibly taking it to be seasoned and made into some object.  This year I have obtained walnut, hickory,  maple, red bud, pear, apple, box elder and cherry logs that have been turned into bowls, candle holders, rolling pins, dry measure scoops, puzzles and other items that will be added to these pages.

Using a variety of wood species and geometry, I have created many items that can be used as trivets or wall hangings, it is your choice. Either choice displays the beauty of the wood and the symmetry of mathematics. I design and handcraft all the items using a combination of machine and hand tools. All items are finished to bring out the beauty of the wood that is protected with several coats of polyurethane.

My favorite woods are maple, walnut and cherry. As other wood species become available I incorporate them into the trivets and turnings. Other wood species might include purpleheart, holly, aspen, oak, cocobolo and bocote.

Ideas for other objects come from travel, magazines, readings, the internet and often nature. This is an image, in wood, of the Head Gnome of the workshop. He keeps all activities under control, making sure objects are created, common sense is used while using the power tools and keeping the shop running. This is an example of intarsia, or an image made from various species of wood to create a picture. The woods used to create this intarsia are purple heart, walnut, maple, holly, cherry, blood wood, yellow heart and pear.

Head Gnome

Perhaps you would like to purchase an item like those pictured?  Please contact Spectrum Wood directly using the link below where many creative wood items may be purchased when available.

In the Cincinnati, Ohio area, Spectrum Wood will be participating in Art Shows in 2017. If you were unable to attend the shows in 2016, maybe time will be available in 2017.

 

Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair-Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm-June 10-11, 2017 - 10am-5pm

FallFair Arts Festival-Cottel Park-Deerfield Township, Sunday, Sept 17, 2017 11am-5pm

12th Annual Art Affaire-Main Street, historic Milford, Ohio 45150 , Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 11am-5pm - Booth B206

51st Annual Art Show-Hyde Park Square-2700 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Sunday, October 1, 2017 10am-5pm - Booth 81

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Click on SOMA Puzzle Honor Rolls to see the people who have successfully solved the SOMA puzzle at the Spectrum Wood booth.

2013 SOMA Puzzle Honor Rolls

2014 SOMA Puzzle Honor Rolls

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Perhaps you would like to send an email to the head gnome. All inquiries are welcome.

If you would like to purchase an item like those pictured?  Please contact Spectrum Wood directly using the link below to make an inquiry.

Or if that did not work, enter the following into your email To: line.

spectrumwood@gmail.com

Click on the Spectrum Wood Catalog button to see and read about other items produced by the gnomes in the Spectrum Wood workshop.

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