Can I Help You?, 2018 | Harvey Meyer, Georgia

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Can I Help You?, 2018 | Harvey Meyer, Georgia
800.00USD+ applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2018 Jun 15 @ 18:13UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Maple, india ink | 10.25 x 10.25 x 3.5 in/26 x 26.5 x 8.8 cm

We had to ask about the peculiar name of this incredible basket illusion piece. This is what Harvey replied:

"I'm terrible at naming pieces. My son (accountant) came up with the name.....When he was studying for the CPA exams, he would often sit in our basement TV room with his laptop and books spread out on 2 chairs. There are 5 reclining chairs - all in a row, facing the TV. I sit on the far end to work on basket illusions. Every now and then, when I sensed he was getting ready to shoot steam from his ears, I would ask him, "Can I help you"? Of course we both knew that there's not the slightest possibility that I could offer any help in that field. Anyway, this went on for months. It sort of became something I would say just to annoy him. Fast forward about a year....He passed the 4 parts of the CPA exam. I'm sitting in my chair pondering a name for the piece in question. I turn to him and I said: "Jake, what would you name this piece"? You can figure out the rest:-)"

About the Artist:
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, and now residing in the Atlanta, GA area, I'm retired from a 43+ year career as a telecommunications engineer. I've been a woodworker for most of my life. After building furniture for many years, I started woodturning in 2000. As it is with most woodworkers who attempt woodturning, I stopped building furniture and now exclusively turn wood. Most of the wood I turn is from the Atlanta area. This wood generally comes from trees downed in storms or from tree removals and would otherwise be headed to landfills or chippers. I also like to turn exotic woods and burls. Over the years, I’ve turned many types of forms and objects including bowls, platters, hollow forms, goblets, boxes, pepper mills, wine bottle stoppers, pens, etc., but my main focus is on hollow forms. I also like to embellish my turnings by piercing, burning, coloring, carving, and texturing.

For the last five years, I've been focused exclusively on the "basket illusion", where a turned piece attempts to resemble woven basketry. I enjoy demonstrating at woodturning clubs and symposia, as well as teaching.  All in all, I'm just having fun. I work in my studio located in the basement of my home in Dunwoody, GA. I'm an active member of the Georgia Association of Woodturners, Atlanta Woodturners Guild, and the American Association of Woodturners.