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Artist Moulthrop, Ed
Title Untitled #22-82
Date 1989/ /
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - Q1
Material Ash leaf maple
Height (in) 9.5
Diameter (in) 12.5
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Gift of Bruce and Marina Kaiser
Accession Number 2015.08.01.020G
Object ID Number 2015.
Object Number OBJ 1098
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Notes Exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
This is a typical example of Ed Moulthrop's signature "spheroid" vessels, which he began making in the early 1970s. By the latter part of the decade, he had increased the size of the pieces to unprecedented proportions. This necessitated the development of a unique lathe and long-handled tools designed and made from salvaged parts by Moulthrop himself. He also invented a unique method of strengthening the wood and preventing splitting and warping. After turning the rough shape of his pieces, he cures them for six to nine weeks in vats of a chemical called polyethene glycol (PEG) which replaces the natural moisture in the cells and stabilizes the material, fixing the color of the wood. He then finishes the pieces on the lathe, and covers them with a thick layer of plastic resin that further protects the surface. This process permits Moulthrop to create huge pieces such as this one out of local woods like tulip, which is spectacularly colored and figured but relatively unstable in its unprepared state.
Sub-category Art