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Turned Wood Vase

1979 Del Stubbs Born: Red Bluff, California 1952 claro walnut 9 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. diam (25.1 x 8.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Del Stubbs in honor of his teacher Paul English 2003.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B


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Del Stubbs once referred to Turned Wood Vase as the "epitome of [his] work in classical balanced forms." He attributes his interest in this form to his early work with woodturner Peter English. Known for its workability, rich color, and decorative grain patterns, claro walnut is the name the lumber industry and woodturners use for the wood of the Northern California walnut tree. The elegant shape of Turned Wood Vase highlights the unusual grain, and the vessel's thin walls show both the artist's skill as well as the resilience of the wood.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - walnut