The Ornamental Turners International symposium in Seattle featured three days of presentations, demonstrations and an instant gallery of truly amazing turned work. I presented a Pecha Kucha talk detailing how I produce photographs of my work. I also presented a live demonstration of various approaches to turning "background patterns" on a rosette lathe.
Honored to be part of the American Association of Woodturners' Professional Outreach Program benefit auction "Out of the Woods: Traditional Form Revisited." My contribution was a Geode Vessel from black agate wood. It was on display in St. Paul, MN and Portland, OR prior to being sold at the live auction.
Artistry in Wood is the annual exhibit presented by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association in concert with the Sonoma County Museum. Staged every year since 1982, it is recognized as one of the premier fine woodworking shows in North America. This year I was asked to be one of three judges for the event — to select pieces for awards in various categories and to provide an evening discussing creativity and aesthetics in woodworking related to the work on view. Additional details
More than ten years ago, I built a vacuum kiln for drying wood. I began using it for all my projects and quickly realized other woodworkers would benefit by drying wood faster and more reliably too. Soon after, I was inspired to share how to construct and use this fairly simple apparatus by self-publishing a book with all the specifics. Over the years, interest has grown and I dare say there is now a veritable community of enthusiasts! To provide newcomers with all the latest details, I’ve just completed the 4th edition — who knew there could be 120 pages of information on such a topic?! Vacuum Kiln Drying website | Amazon book page
The "waves of grain" theme is interpreted in various ways by thirty selected international artists. The exhibit was first shown at the 31st Annual International Woodturning Symposium in Kansas City in June 2017. It then traveled to St. Paul where it remained on view through the end of the year.
The Center for Art in Wood, in collaboration with The Clay Studio, presents Small Favors: Think Inside the Box at the Center’s Museum Store and at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The exhibition challenges artists to produce work using varied materials that fit inside a 4-inch acrylic cube. My contribution introduced the "Geode Vessel" from a new series of work.
The biannual Ornamental Turners International symposium was held in Denver, where my work was awarded the Rose Cup for best rose engine turning. The piece entitled "Jump Shot" was made from a single piece of cocobolo turned entirely on an Armbruster rose engine lathe.
This exhibition features two works from each artist — one from a past Center exhibition alongside a new piece. Each of us included our thoughts about the older work along with how the new piece reflects our evolving ideas, creative processes and techniques. Exhibit website
"Wave Theory III" was sold in Atlanta at the American Association of Woodturners Symposium auction benefit for the AAW's Professional Outreach Program.
John Tarpley authored a brief overview of my lecture-demonstrations at the recent AAW annual symposium along with various images of my work for the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of the Lindow-White Rose Engine News. The periodical caters to ornamental turners and enthusiests.
Salesin's piece "Core-upted" is featured in Robin Wood's CORES Recycled, a book of select artists who took to the challenge of reworking Wood's pole lathe offcuts into new pieces of art. The book includes more than 240 color photos of pieces that formed the exhibition curated by The Center for Art in Wood. CAW exhibit website | Shiffer book page | Amazon book page
The January 2015 issue of American Art Collector presented "The Hand in the Machine" a feature article picturing several of my pieces along with an interview of my approach to ornamental turning. The magazine's core audience is collectors and galleries of fine art. American Art Collector magazine website