Kiln-dried laminated compressed cherry, 23K gold leaf, bronze dust, paua shell, acrylic paints (2008)
Dimensions 18″ long x 7.5″ high x 10″ wide
Riverglider was inspired by a cloisonné metal and enamel sculpture by Russian artist Valeri Timofeev. I wanted the fish to have a realistic twist in its tail, so I used compressed wood to do this. The process is described on the back page of the Winter 2008 American Woodturner.
Additional photos of this large piece are below: