Saturday, December 01, 2007

Western Cape Woodturners Association Exhibiton at Kirstenbosch
26 - 28 November 2007

It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision to make enquiries about holding an exhibition of turnings at the Conference Centre at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, but as luck would have it, the venue was available for a three-day period at the end of November, so the project was handed over to the committee, who did a Stirling job of organising people to bring pieces, and setting up the venue.

Here are a couple of impressions of how the exhibition looked in this most stunning venue.

The Western Cape Woodturners have a poster depicting the "birth" of a wild olive natural edge bowl, illustrating the process from log to finished article - which holds pride of place next to the poster

A set of nested bowls by Dennis Laidler

A vessel by Peter Nicolle

The "wormy" bowl by Peter Nicolle attracted a lot of attention. The piece in the foreground is by Gert Ferreira

A vessel by Dennis Laidler that is now in France

Gert Ferreira often uses sustainably collected porcupine quills to decorate his work

Another winner by Gert

A Norfolk Island Pine vase by Thys Carstens

Sven Karth applied his imagination with this piece of sleeper wood

This large Norfolk Island Pine vase is by Dennis Laidler

Bert Parker is well known for his lovely segmented work

A first impression of the exhibition

This very large natural edge cork oak bowl by Dennis Laidler caught everyone's attention

Two examples of piercing by Peter Nicolle, with a natural edge piece by Thys Carstens in the foreground

Some more examples of Peter Nicolle's piereced work

A wild olive natural edge bowl by Ken Pilkington

"does it hold water?" Some challenging work by Gert Ferreira

Some resin-inlay work by Thys Carstens that grabbeda lot of attention, with a decorative rice bowl and chopsticks in the foreground by Peter Nicolle

As you can see, I have not had a lot of time for blogging over the past couple of months - I still have an ambition of completing the blog covering our wonderful trip to the USA in June/July 2007 ....

The last time I had "spare time" was when we were stranded in JFK on our first night in the States!