Celestial Orb

Tom Sampson's avatar Tom Sampson

Celestial Orb is a suspended woodturning created from a turned sphere supported by carved legs. The sphere was rough turned from boxelder, hollowed out, allowed to dry, and then re-turned. The sphere was returned on three axes, sanded and finished with lacquer. The legs were rough cut to shape on a bandsaw, and then finished to final shape with a spokeshave and drawknife. Braided copper wire is inset in a band around the circumference of the sphere. The wire was oxidized with ammonia to develop a green patina. Black spalting adds a natural surface coloring to the wood. In addition, the “poles” of the sphere are colored red from a fungus that lived in the wood. The inspiration for this piece comes from my background as a geologist. The sphere represents a planetary body. The natural colorings on the sphere remind me of an atmosphere of a planet such as Jupiter. The copper wire can also be suggestive of a planetary ring.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2
  • Medium: Turned Wood
  • Width: 2
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 2