|Blond mahogany, poplar dowel with stained birch ball
|38H 13W 6D
The piece was originally completed in 2019, then I changed the color of the dowel to black, and added the metal strip. I never liked the original title, and that may have influenced me to rework the piece slightly.
I love the new title of the piece, it suggests a pose of a person performing Tai Chi. The ball signifies the core of the person, with the outstretched arms and balancing on one leg.
This piece was started from a cast off piece of blond mahogany, cut from a much larger piece of wood. The thin parts of the piece are partially stabilized by the dowel that runs through the top. Most of my work has a structural challenge to overcome before completion. I had completed another piece of the same design, and the piece broke in two at the very thin curvature.