“Ovalation” is crafted out of highly figured myrtle wood by Randy.  The base of the kaleidoscope has an oval shape that is mimicked in the pedestal handle as it rises up to the body of the kaleidoscope. The eye piece is black wood and the base separator is black lacquered Maple wood. The ornamentation has been added by the use of Randy’s Rose Engine lathe. Ornamental turning dates back to the 1700’s. These machines are extremely rare and sought after as collectable antiques. Not being able to purchase an antique machine or wanting the responsibility of preserving one, Randy built his own machine using modern materials.

“Ovalation” has a tapered 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.

Both Shelley and Randy have individually lamped worked glass pieces for the fluid filled object cell. Each piece is a sculpture within itself. The light dances across the textured surface of the lamped worked glass creating multiple hues of color against a black background. On the exterior of the object cell Randy has cut a rose engine pattern. Only the lightest touch is needed to rotate the objects within the cell, using the high tech nylon composite rotator system developed by Randy.

The final touch is a hand rubbed tung oil finish which enhances the depth and beauty of the grain in the woods. “Ovalation” is signed, numbered and dated by the Knapp’s.


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