"Filled with Emerald Green"
art work © Perry Polson
This 2011 Artisans Road Trip spotlight is on Perry Polson, wood turning artist extraordinaire! Here Perry brings us into his thought process and musings on recent work. -
"Turning many pieces over the course of the year - every one is a bit different. However my latest project landed me in a pile of maple burls that came from Okoboji and the Emerald Hills Golf course. As I shaved away layer after layer of time from the first large pieces, as they spun on the lathe in front of me, I couldn't help but ponder whether this tree stood and shared the area with the natives who once lived in the lakes area many many years ago (or may have seen arrows whizzing by it - now to have golf balls flying by)! The mind goes where it will as you remove layer after layer of wood as its spinning inches in front you. With every pass of the tool, new patterns and figuring is exposed in the wood and sometimes surprises like wire, nails, rocks, one just never knows. An arrow head stuck in a crotch that had been engulfed by the tree would have been cool!
Things making full circle as they do - a few of the pieces of that tree have found their way back and are on display in the club house at Emerald Hills till August."
Other works of varying styles, and some newer ones can be seen at Perry's shop - Wild Wood Gallery & Turning Lab, 121 Grand Avenue, Spencer, IA 51301
Stop by and visit!
And check back here again for more artists from the 2011 Artisans Road Trip!