Uxbridge artist Frank Ditomaso chats about his spring studio tour experience, and tells us a little about what to expect at his studio for the 2018 Uxbridge Studio Tour this September.
Wood is deep in our bones. Even in our modern world of steel and plastic, it is wood, whether in its’ original source as trees, or furniture, floors, homes, tools or toys, that still moves the human heart.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Frank Ditomaso retired to the Uxbridge area in 2002 which allowed him to concentrate on furniture making and woodturning.
Since then, woodturning has become Frank's primary focus as it allows him a broader range of expression and has become more play than work.
This will be Frank's 7th year on the tour, the first 5 as a guest artist of Francis Muscat and the last two as a site artist.
Frank says "I have always had a great reverence for wood, whether in its natural forest form, a well-made tool, a thoughtful piece of furniture or a beautiful turned object. No man-made object has the feel of wood, nothing gives back the warmth of the hand like wood".
Frank's offerings this year will include functional solid wood and laminated bowls, natural edge and live edge bowls, cremation urns, hollow vessels, lidded boxes, platters, spiral candlesticks, pens and Christmas ornaments.
The heft and feel of a well-worn handle, the sight of shavings that curl from a blade; The logs in the woodpile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house; The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves; The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs; Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be without wood.
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