A Geometer's Treasure Box | Michael Foster, Vermont

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A Geometer's Treasure Box | Michael Foster, Vermont
Asian ironwood burl, red maple, tulipwood, lignum vitae, yellowheart, pernambuco, holly, thuya burl, ebony, acrylics | 6 x 3.75 x 3.75 in/15 x 10 x 10 cm

"A Geometer’s Treasure Box is a re-visit of a traditional turned box. Rather than the more traditional round work, here I used the lathe to create a box representing a cube with an interior spherical hollow. This form was accomplished totally on the lathe with no carving involved. Likewise all of the treasures in the box were also turned on the lathe. These include a sphere, cube, cylinder, cone, tetrahedron, octahedron and a dodecahedron. I enjoyed creating the piece choosing unique woods that the theme “Out of the Woods” invoked in my interpretation of the theme."

About the Artist:
"I love working in the medium of wood. Over the years I have made numerous pieces of furniture for my home and family, but my real passion is woodturning. The spinning wood and concentration involved are totally engrossing and extremely satisfying. Wood offers an endless array of grain, figure, color and texture that can be beautiful in its own right. While turning a form can bring out the beauty in wood, it is limited to circular forms by the mechanics of the lathe. To express ideas not possible by woodturning alone I often choose to enhance the process with carving, color and texture.
I have always been fascinated by the sciences but especially enjoy reading about the latest in astronomy, physics and biology. Much of the inspiration in my work comes from my interest in the sciences and math. I find beauty in the more ordered mathematical forms as well as in the organic forms found in nature. Many of the forms and shapes that I have come across are unusual, but quite interesting. I find it a fulfilling challenge to translate some of these forms into pieces derived from turning."

Michael Foster was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He developed his love of the outdoors hiking and camping with his family and the with Boy Scouts in the mountains of Colorado. He went to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder followed by Dental School at the CU Medical Campus in Denver. After graduation Mike entered in the US Public Health Service to provide dentistry to Native Americans with the Indian Health Service. He completed a twenty year career with the Indian Health Service serving in several locations including South Dakota, upstate New York, Phoenix, Southern Colorado and Alaska. Mike and his wife, Susan, live in her ancestral farmhouse in Springfield, Vermont. Mike is still practicing dentistry full time.

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