Arthur Kemelman's Profile
I have been turning wood since 1980. The wood that I enjoy working with the most is olivewood. As the chips fly off the lathe the scent is delightful and the grain and color that emerge are exquisite. Although the olive tree is very common in Israel, olivewood as such is rare and difficult to obtain. However, friends and gardeners are generally able to point me in the direction of recently pruned trees or to even occasionally drop off a piece.
I begin by turning on my lathe a rough piece of olivewood to arrive at the shape and form that I want , always trying to allow the wood to fully express its distinctive beauty through its bark inclusions, its gnarledness and finely veined grain.
I then inlay small bits of malachite, lapis or gold leaf, into the nooks and crannies of the piece. The technique of fusing stone and wood is…
- Born on November 12
- Joined November 26, 2011