Maple Burl Hollow Form, 2017 | Mike Jackofsky, California

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Maple Burl Hollow Form, 2017 | Mike Jackofsky, California
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This item SOLD at 2018 Jun 15 @ 18:26UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Oregon maple burl | 10 x 12 x 12 in/25.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm

This maple burl came from the Grant's Pass area in southern Oregon.

About the Artist:
Mike Jackofsky is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of San Diego School of Law, and about 10 years ago, he gave up the practice of law to become a full time, professional woodturner. Over the years Mike has specialized in making hollow vessels, most of which are natural edge pieces made from unique burls, but he also turns bowls, including thin, natural edge open bowls, off-balance asymmetrical pieces, and sculptural forms.

Mike has been teaching and demonstrating for many years and he has been a presenter at the AAW Symposium, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the SWAT Symposium, and has also participated a number of times in the Emma Lake Collaboration in Canada. His work has been selected for the AAW exhibitions “Put a Lid On It” in 2003, “Spirit of the Southwest” in 2009, “Maple Medley” in 2010, and “Roots” in 2011.

Mike’s work is in many private collections and is on display in the permanent collections of the Sam Maloof Historical Residence Museum in Alta Loma, CA, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA, and the AAW in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has designed a line of hollowing tools called “Hollow-Pro” that use carbide cutters, and he recently produced a 2 disc DVD set called “Woodturning with Mike Jackofsky: Making A Hollow Vessel”.

“One of the main reasons I originally decided to get into woodturning was because I really enjoy the unique nature of burls, and I felt that making hollow vessels was a great way to take advantage of that type of material. I only use hand-held tools and that enables me to experience the “feel” of working with the wood and the sense of freedom that allows.”
“I actually consider myself to be more of a “hollower” than a general woodturner, since that is how I spend the vast majority of my time at the lathe. I don’t have a “formula” for creating a piece and one of the most challenging aspects of working with burls, is finding a balance between taking advantage of the unique features of the material, without letting it totally dictate what you make.

Mike has been greatly influenced by his close friendship with furniture maker/ designer Sam Maloof. “Sam was a constant reminder that it is all about shape/form in creating a “pleasing” object. Sam really cared about his work and I developed a real admiration and appreciation for the pride he had in everything he made, and that always showed up in his attention to detail that is evident in all of his pieces

“One of my best memories about Sam is the day that I told him that I had actually given up practicing law to go into woodturning full time. He looked at me and shook his head, and said: “Mike, I think something is wrong with you………... I think you have sawdust between your ears!” And he said it with a huge grin on his face”.