For the June 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple discusses the emergence of the free-form approach to woodturning and how the design and turning process leads to a turned object that may or may not have a useful purpose but is still a beautiful piece of art, nonetheless.
In my experience, there seem to be two types of woodturners, or perhaps more precisely, two approaches to woodturning. The most universal and historically correct approach is the one where the artisan/craftsperson plans to make rounded utilitarian objects and architectural features. The other approach, which has become an interesting study in emerging art over the past sixty years during woodturning’s rebirth, is a free-form approach to making a variety of objet d’art which might or might not have a useful purpose.
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