Melvin Lindquist was ridiculed by other woodworkers when he first turned bowls with natural edges, splits, and defects. Many people have since followed in his footsteps, and the “natural form” is a common starting point for modern wood artists. Lindquist revolutionized the aesthetics of turning with his spalted vessels and together with his son, Mark, developed tools specifically for working with these irregular forms.
“For me, turning a bowl is like struggling to climb a very difficult mountain, but finally receiving the reward once I’ve reached the top.” Melvin Lindquist, 1985
- Not on view
- 11 5⁄8 x 14 in. (29.6 x 35.6 cm) diam.
© 1989, Mark Lindquist, Melvin Lindquist
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery
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- spalted maple burl
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