- Artist: Mel Lindquist, US
- Title: Hollow Form, 1977
- Wood: Spalted Maple Burl
- Dimensions: 4″ (h) x 6″ (diam)
Mel Lindquist, born in 1911, was an engineer and renowned pioneer of the American Studio Wood Turning movement. Foundational to the studio woodturning movement, Lindquist applied his master machinist techniques and background in engineering, pioneering hollowing techniques called “blind boring”, or “blind turning”, widely used today. Lindquist, with his son, Mark popularized the use of spaltedwood as a material for woodturning and woodworking. In addition to his numerous technical innovations, Lindquist is also widely credited for developing an aesthetic foundation for the woodturning movement based on translating ancient ceramic into the wood, incorporating bark and imperfections as decorative elements as to the design. In 1981, Mel and his son Mark initiated the wood turning program at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, and in October 1985, Mel won the first award honoring the pillars of the studio woodturning movement at the national conference: Woodturning: Vision and Concept at Arrowmont School, TN.
Mel Lindquist’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections in the US and abroad, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX, and the White House Collection of American Crafts.
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