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2017
Artistry In Wood

Artistry in Wood Exhibit

17 Nov 2017Exhibit

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

VKD book cover

New edition of Vacuum Kiln Drying

15 May 2017Workshop

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

Waves of Grain postcard

Waves of Grain Exhibit

22 Jun 2017Exhibit, Works

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.

Waves of Grain postcard

Small Treasures Exhibit

12 May 2017Exhibit, Works

Carrying on the tradition started by Del Mano Gallery, Larisa Safaryan has curated this year's exhibit of pieces no larger than six inches in any direction. The collection presents the works of 49 artists from across the country and around the world. Exhibit website

Salesin "Geode Vessel"

Small Favors Show

3 Mar 2017Exhibit, Works

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.

2016
Salesin "Jump Shot"

OTI Rose Cup Award

24 Sep 2016Accolades, Works

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.

Center for Art in Wood

Flashback | Fast Forward Show

22 Jul 2016Exhibit, Works

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

Patterns Exhibit / Auction

11 Jun 2016Exhibit, Works

"Wave Theory III" was sold in Atlanta at the American Association of Woodturners Symposium auction benefit for the AAW's Professional Outreach Program.

Santa Cruz Woodworkers Postcard

Santa Cruz Woodworkers

1 May 2016Exhibits

The Santa Cruz Woodworkers presented one-of-a-kind designs in wood including furniture, sculpture, musical instruments and artwork at the Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz CA.

2015
Lindow-White Rose Engine News

Rose Engine News Feature

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.

Robin Wood CORES recycled Book Cover

Core-upted in New Book

28 Feb 2015In Print, Works

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

American Art Collector Magazine Cover

American Art Collector Feature

01 Jan 2015In Print, Works

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