TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
"Larry Witt: Segmented Turning"
Opening Reception Friday, April 3, 2015, 5-8 PM
|"2,374-pc Large Wood Vessel" by Larry Witt, 19"h x 18"w x 18"d; curly maple, wenge, and pernambuco wood.
The impressive wood vessels created by artist Larry Witt are made up of as many as 5,000 pieces of wood; each vessel a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. "Segmented turning is a small part geometry and tons of patience and imagination," the artist notes.
For Larry Witt the attraction of turning wood is that there is absolutely no limit to what he can create; his challenge is only to transfer his many ideas into designs. Witt’s vessels range in size from approximately 7” to 20” high. Depending on how many pieces of wood are involved and how complex a design is, it can take from twenty or thirty hours up to 1,000 hours for him to complete a single piece.
Witt composes his pieces using many different species of wood with maple, oak, ebony, mesquite and bloodwood his favorites. Using no dyes or stains it is the variety of natural colorations in his wood choices that define Larry Witt's work.
Segmented turning is a complex process that requires not only the design skills that Witt possesses but precision woodworking and turning skills as well. It is no wonder that Larry Witt's vessels are in collections all over the world.
“Larry Witt: Segmented Turning” runs through April 12.
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