Mike Sorge ~ Woodturning In Flight
Trillium Wisdom Boxes
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." ~ Helen Keller
The woodturned Trillium Wisdom Box – sculptural art with utilitarian and inspirational function. The undulating Trillium floral wings, raised dome and Pagoda style lid combine with a hollowed out undercut wood bowl interior that includes over 1000 wisdom quotes, ancient and contemporary. "In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining thou hast attained it thou art a fool." ~ Lord Chesterfield
Cherry & Lace-wood Trillium Wisdom Box. 12.5" per side x 4" high.
African Makore & Wenge Trillium Wisdom Box. 12.75" per side x 4" high
South American Mahogany Trillium Wisdom Box. 12.75" per side x 4" high.
African Zebrawood & Wenge Trillium Wisdom Box. 11.5" per side x 4" high.
Tiger Maple Trillium Wisdom Box. 11.5" per side x 4" high.
Black Walnut Trillium Wisdom Box. 11.75" per side x 4" high.
African Bubinga & Wenge Trillium Wisdom Box. 11.25" per side x 4" high
To sculpt and complete each Trillium Wisdom Box, I first cut timber into the outer shape of an equilateral triangle and attach it to the lathe. With well-placed bright lights to better reveal “ghost imaging” I patiently sculpt the undulating floral petal wings with hand held cutting tools at about 2000 rpm, exhilarating! I then hollow out the center wood bowl with an undercut rim to expand the interior holding capacity and sand the entire piece to a very smooth surface. After sculpting and finishing the Pagoda style lid to fit over the box, I sign each piece and finish with clear organic oil.
Live out of your imagination, not your history. ~ Stephen R. Covey