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1975 Emil Milan Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1922 Died: Thompson, Pennsylvania 1985 maple 2 7/8 x 19 1/8 x 10 3/4 in. (7.3 x 48.6 x 27.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.172A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B


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Emil Milan did not use a lathe to turn his objects, because he felt that this imposed limitations on shape. Instead, he used a band saw to cut his curved forms and then roughly hollowed them out with a drill. The surfaces were smoothed and refined with a gouge and finally sanded to a perfect finish. These techniques ensured each individual piece remained handcrafted and unique even though it was a part of a production series.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - maple

About Emil Milan

Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1922 Died: Thompson, Pennsylvania 1985