Band Saw Box

  • Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Band Saw Box, 1972, hyedua wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David L. Davies and John D. Weeden, 1998.130A-L

The unique curves in Band Saw Box have become one of Art Carpenter’s trademarks. He saw that other woodworkers were experimenting with band saws to make abstract sculpture and decided to apply this technique in the construction of boxes and drawers. He exploits the curves that the band saw allows by cutting rounded drawers into solid, laminated blocks of wood.

Never use a compound curve where a single sweep will do—never use a prefigured mathematical shape when a spontaneous one will do.” Art Carpenter, Fine Woodworking, November/​December 1982

Title
Band Saw Box
Artist
Date
1972
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
assembled: 8 3416 187 14 in. (22.241.018.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of David L. Davies and John D. Weeden

Mediums
Mediums Description
hyedua wood
Classifications
Object Number
1998.130A-L
Palette
Linked Open Data
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