Uncanny Medusaform

Alexander de Vol
Uncanny Medusaform is a wooden decorative object by artist Alexander de Vol. Playing with material perceptions, Alexander has mimicked the appearance of patinated metal to produce a deliberately ambiguous, hand-carved vessel made from the wood of a Cherry tree. Sourcing his wood from ecologically felled trees, Alexander has created a fascinating collection of work, exclusively for The New Craftsmen, which incorporates the unique quirks and natural features of ancient British hardwoods.

Material: English Cherry tree, bronze powder, microcrystalline wax
Dimensions: Height: 21cm, L: 26cm Width: 26cm
Care Instructions: Avoid contact with water, clean with a dry cloth and handle with care
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After turning on a lathe and hand-carving into the desired shape, the piece is scorched black using a blow torch and coated in fine bronze powder. This metallic coating is then chemically treated by hand, to create a genuine oxidised blue and verdigris patina. Alexander seals with microcrystalline renaissance wax to finish. The result is a wooden object with an uncanny metallic appearance.
The Maker Alexander de Vol Wood Artist - North West England

Alexander de Vol is a designer, artist and maker whose work investigates the material properties of wood and their transferal into other materials. Alexander uses a mix of traditional casting methods and new technologies to document the natural behavior and movement of the vessels which he crafts from 'green wood', while taking care to preserve the features he feels are aesthetically synonymous with the material's origin. Alongside his artistic practice, Alexander lectures in design at the University of Central Lancashire and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Burberry’s Makers House in London.