Epislyscope


The body of “Epislyscope” is entirely hand turned by Randy out of highly figured domestic and imported exotic woods. The ornamentation is added to the rotator and object cell by the use of an Ornamental lathe. Ornamental turning dates back to the 1700’s. The machines are extremely rare and sought after as collectable antiques. “Epislyscope” has a two mirror system which produces a six pointed star. The highest quality front surfaced mirror is used in conjunction with a magnification lens making the optics crisp and clear. The fluid filled object cell contains individually lamped worked glass pieces by both Shelley and Randy. The front of the object cell has an ornamental pattern carved into it. On the inside of the object cell there is a unique pattern carved creating an ever changing effect of cut crystal. This effect was invented by master ornamental turner and dear friend Paul Fletcher of Sussex, England in 2000. We use it on “Epislyscope” with Paul’s permission and we call it the “Fletcher Foreground” in honor of Paul. The light dances across the textured surface of the glass creating multiple hues of color against a black background and is highlight in the front with a beautiful carved crystal pattern. Only the lightest touch is needed to rotate the objects within the cell using the rose engine turned rotator. The final touch is a hand rubbed finish which enhances the depth and beauty of the grain in the wood. Each “Epislyscope” is individually signed, dated and numbered by the Knapp’s. “Epislyscope” is 2 1/2” by 7 1/2” and is available in a bright image or a pastel image.

“Epislyscope” — hand held kaleidoscope – ended in summer of 2009

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