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The 2021 art show scheduling for Spectrum Wood is in progress.

 

The next scheduled appearances will be:

 

Handmade Market-Cottel Park

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 11am-5pm

5847 Irwin Simpson Rd.

Deerfield Township

 

Art Affaire

Art and Fine Craft Show

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 11am-5pm

Main Street, historic Milford, Ohio 45150

 

Handmade Market-Manor House

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 11am-5pm

7440 Mason Montgomery Road

Mason, OH 45040

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The gnomes have been busy during the winter and spring months of 2019-2020 creating new items. Below are some of the items. Move the mouse over the image, right click and select view image to see a larger image of the item.

A collection of items Cosmic Travel Mugs

Lidded segmented bowl Lidded segmented bowl

Salad Bowls Cereal Bowls Table crosses 11 inch Serving Platter

Beads of Courage lidded bowl Shallow pear bowl Travel mug

Travel mugs Segmented lidded bowl Yarn bowls

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The gnomes have been busy during the long winter months of 2019 creating new items. Below are some of the items that have been completed and will be at 2019 Art Shows.

Segmented Lidded Bowl Tangles Trivet

Wine bottle Table Light Cosmic Disc Wood Stem Wine Glass

Cherry Bowl

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The gnomes were busy during the long winter months of 2018 creating new items. Below are some of the items that were completed.

Travel Mugs Ornament Segmented Lidded Bowl

Lidded Stave Bowl Walnut Bowl Lidded Walnut Bowl

Table Light Small Bowls Ohio Star Trivetl

Big Bang Trivet

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From time to time the workshop gnomes are asked to create unique items for special occasions, events or for private use. Some of the items are sold to the person making the request, other items are gifts to commorate a special event or occasion. Click the following to see what items the gnomes have created over the years.

Commissioned Works

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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.

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In the Cincinnati, Ohio area, Spectrum Wood will be participating in Art Shows. If you were unable to attend any of the shows in the past, maybe time will be available in 2021.

All of the Art Shows Spectrum Wood applied for in 2020 have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check here in early Spring of 2021 to see what Art Shows Spectrum Wood will be participating in during the summer and fall of 2021.

 

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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

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