Item: Jewelry Box
Designer/Maker: Chuck Masters – Sculptor, craftsman, and furniture designer, Chuck Masters received a BA from CSU Northridge and an MFA at the University of Washington before moving to San Diego in 1976. He taught a variety of crafts classes for two years at San Diego State, but his special interest was woodworking. A respected woodworker and member of the Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, Master’s work was featured in California Design ’76 and published in Fine Woodworking Design Book II, Woodworking: the New Wave, and in Craft Horizons magazine.
Description: Handmade walnut box with hinges and a magnificent top made of highly figured Brazilian Rosewood. The box includes a collection of twigs and a pod as a complete sculpture, but they can be removed for use as a jewelry box. Also notable on the top of the box is Masters’ signature “imposed warp,” a complex and beautiful feature he incorporated on many pieces and looks particularly good in this case. After all the work and technology put into developing ways to bend wood in the 20th century (bent plywood Eames chairs), Masters made it look like he’d managed to bend very thick table tops and solid wood trays, but instead he’d laboriously carved out the curving shape from a much thicker board to achieve the illusory form. Signed and dated, 1979.
Dimensions: 14 x 5.5 x 3.5 in. high
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