Cutting Board and Scoop

Media - 1975.172A-B - SAAM-1975.172A-B_1 - 58145
Copied Emil Milan, Cutting Board and Scoop, 1975, maple, 2 7819 1810 34 in. (7.348.627.3 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.172A-B

Artwork Details

Title
Cutting Board and Scoop
Artist
Date
1975
Dimensions
2 7819 1810 34 in. (7.348.627.3 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Mediums
Mediums Description
maple
Classifications
Object Number
1975.172A-B

Artwork Description

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.