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post #1 of 6 Old 03-09-2008, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Beautiful Collision

Here is a piece from one of my customers. His name is Phil English. His site is He has been having some serious problems with his eyesight lately and had to have surgery, but hopefully he will retain good vision in one eye his doctor believes.

It would be a tradegy for a guy with his talents to lose his sight. Anyway, he told me people would either love or hate this piece with not much in between. Here, in relevant part, is what I wrote back to him after recieveing the image:


Thank you for the picture. I think it's the color contrast that was hard to make happen in my brain at first. For me it was a collision. One thing is for sure, doing it the way you did makes one stare at it for long periods of time. Maybe that was your intent. Because I just kept looking at it trying to figure out what you are saying with it. And eventually I began to like it. When I first looked at it, my reaction was "Whoa! Geez. That is different. Do i like it?" so I had to keep looking at it because I coul dnot reject it out of hand as it was too - interesting. And so I kept looking . . . . and looking . . . until finally I said "It's growing on me. I think I actually like it." And not because it was my wood at one time. I can step away from that easily enough.

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FYI I do not know what he named it, I have not got his reply back yet I just sent mine this a.m. but he had to have alrready named it because it was in his most recent show. So just to clairify Beautiful Collision is not actually the name of the piece. I'll post the real name when I find out, as he has not put it on his website yet.
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I'm not really sure what i think of the piece....looks like a clarinet on a bowling pin. Can't say that I don't like it, just not sure what to make of it

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it doens't look as if the color match is a marriage by grace.

good shapes and height thou, I'd give him that.
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....looks like a clarinet on a bowling pin.
That is such a great description.
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It sort or reminds me of some kind bird with it's head up in the air. I like the concept but have a problem with the joint between the two pieces of wood. Maybe if it was tapered and then cut off it might flow better from one piece to the other. Interesting concept. I think it deserves further study.
As a photographer I am acutely aware of eye problems. Hope he comes out OK.
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I thinks its a John Wyndham Trifid metamorphosing into a hypodermic , gives me the needle as i do like, i think the colours work great and the form is really good, if you look closley then you can see it breathing ready to spurt out its seads. But then im just an ordenery guy and i do like it, id like to give it a grop, i like to feel a piece get more out of it, okay im strange. Nice post. LB..
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