Moroccan thuya wood
4 3/8 x 11 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason
Bob Stocksdale's lathe-turned bowls are simple, restrained forms of exquisite proportions and beautiful woods. A leading figure in the contemporary wood-turning movement, Stocksdale celebrates the beauty of wood. Because all woods have unique properties, he prefers to let the wood itself dictate how it will be worked. Each finished bowl offers no comment or content beyond its own purity.