Williamsburg Art Gallery cordially invites you to attend a presentation by Ray and Martha Rountree on the unique art of wood turning and sculpting on Wednesday, March 15th beginning at 5:30 PM.
Ray primarily turns ‘green wood’ which is easier on the turner and tools, but which requires a lengthy air-drying time between Rough Turning and the Final Turning & Finishing stages. His tools include a tractor, chainsaw, wood-lathes (each weighing about 900 lbs.), small air-powered grinders, a multitude of other little tools, and lots of sandpaper! Woods native to Tidewater, Virginia or North Carolina such as cherry, maple, holly, box elder, pecan, walnut, magnolia, oak, elm, and sycamore are his ‘canvas.’ The woods are harvested from damaged or dying trees, often salvaged from the family farms in Suffolk, Virginia, or local tree surgeons.
After penciling her design onto the wood, Martha returns the vessel to Ray for his design execution. This work is labor intensive, often requiring several weeks to complete. After Ray finishes the shaping, sculpting, inlaying and sanding, Martha may highlight some elements by adding color or shading, using pyrography, acrylics, or stain. Finally, Ray seals the vessel with several layers of UV resistant coating and a quality, clear lacquer for protection.
Ray and Martha will bring a number of finished examples of their beautiful artwork for display and for sale.
Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.