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MEMBER NEWS: Peter Mockridge, Brevard, NC - TC Arts exhibit “In the Belly of the Clouds” opens 11/27

Wednesday, November 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
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MOUNTAIN EXPRESS: Peter Mockridge, Brevard, NC - TC Arts exhibit “In the Belly of the Clouds” opens Nov. 27


Peter B. Mockridge of Brevard, will have his woodturning on display for this exhibit. Mockridge said, “My late father-in-law, Jack S. Dendy, introduced me to the nuances of wood some 50 years ago. He taught me to treasure the various American primary furniture woods, particularly walnut. Figure and color, density and hardness, attributes of wood about which I hadn’t a clue. In his view, wood needed no embellishment. John Rymer, of Highlands, NC, provided me with my first hands-on experience with a lathe, some dozen years ago. John also enjoyed wood in its natural state, eschewing dies, stains and inlays of non-cellulosic materials, preferring instead coatings that enhanced the wood’s intrinsic characteristics: quilting, burl, crotch grain, and chatoyance. From these mentors I learned that wood needed nothing more than a simple coat of varnish (or five!) to bring out the attributes that I especially appreciate. Hence, the name I have chosen for my small business: R & B (Round and Brown) Woodturning. Most of the objects I create are considered to be faceplate turnings: that is, the rim or the bottom of the bowl or vessel is parallel to the pith line of the tree. Often during the course of turning I will reveal unexpected color, figure or voids that add character to the piece, and will alter the form to insure that these features are not lost as shavings!” (11/17/2015)


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