Salesin OT Portfolio

A portfolio of ornamental turning by Joshua Salesin
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Wand by Joshua Salesin, 2021. Boxwood, 11.25"L
Found within the center of this piece is a helix within a helix, highlighted by various patterns and produced entirely on a 185-year-old Holtzapffel lathe—a tour-de-force of ornamental turning technique.
Found within the center of this piece is a helix within a helix, highlighted by various patterns and produced entirely on a 185-year-old Holtzapffel lathe—a tour-de-force of ornamental turning technique. Portfolio, Turn Ons
Pointer by Joshua Salesin, 2020. Resin (faux ivory), 8"L.
Found within the center of this piece is a helix within a helix, highlighted by various patterns and produced entirely on a 185-year-old Holtzapffel lathe—a tour-de-force of ornamental turning technique.
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Geo-Flower Box by Joshua Salesin, 2020. African blackwood, 2.5"H.
Turned from a solid piece of African blackwood, this rectilinear box with fit lid features a “geo-flower” design on the five sides and top. It was made using a combination of ornamental lathe and rose lathe turning techniques with the additional a late 19th-century Plant geometric chuck.
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Lotus Vessels by Joshua Salesin, 2020.
Hollow vessel urns with segmented staved designs from a variety of domestic and exotic woods. Rose-engine turned "lotus" finial with threaded enclosure and interior cabochon.
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Lotus Vessel Urns by Joshua Salesin, 2020.
Hollow vessel urns with segmented staved designs from a variety of domestic and exotic woods. Rose-engine turned "lotus" finial with threaded enclosure and interior cabochon.
a wooden bowl that has been carved into the shape of a sunflower on it
Butterfly Bowl by Joshua Salesin, 2020. Bloodwood, 4.75"W.
Inspired by the Monarch butterflies that return to my hometown each year and huddle in large clusters to stay warm through the winter. When temperatures rise, they suddenly burst into flight by the hundreds!
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Square Box by Joshua Salesin, 2019. African blackwood, 4"H.
Turned from a solid piece of African blackwood, this deep rectilinear box with fit lid features textured sides and top with matching geometric design on interior and base surfaces. It is made using a combination of ornamental lathe and rose lathe turning techniques.
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Bulb Box Trio by Joshua Salesin, 2019
A collection of American hardwood vessels combined with exotic hardwood enclosures in the shape of a light bulb. These whimsical and functional boxes are perfect for storing a secret message (plus other small items) and feature an ornamental turned medallion on the inside of the lid.
three different types of light bulbs sitting next to each other on a gray background with the words joshua selsen
Bulb Box Trio by Joshua Salesin, 2019
A collection of American hardwood vessels combined with exotic hardwood enclosures in the shape of a light bulb. These whimsical and functional boxes are perfect for storing a secret message (plus other small items) and feature an ornamental turned medallion on the inside of the lid.
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Spice Mills by Joshua Salesin, 2018. Cocobolo, African Blackwood, 6.5"H.
Both functional and uniquely ornamental, these salt, pepper & dry spice mills feature an advanced precision adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism that provides smooth and reliable grinding to last a lifetime. Each mill is made individually by hand using rose lathe turning techniques and is part of a series that explores a range of exotic and domestic wood species.
three different colored vases sitting next to each other on a white surface with the words joshua salem written below them
Spice Mill Trio by Joshua Salesin, 2018.
Both functional and uniquely ornamental, these salt, pepper & dry spice mills feature an advanced precision adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism that provides smooth and reliable grinding to last a lifetime. Each mill is made individually by hand using rose lathe turning techniques and is part of a series that explores a range of exotic and domestic wood species.
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Spice Mill Duo by Joshua Salesin, 2018. Lemonwood, tamboti, 6.5"H.
Both functional and uniquely ornamental, these salt, pepper & dry spice mills feature an advanced precision adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism that provides smooth and reliable grinding to last a lifetime. Each mill is made individually by hand using rose lathe turning techniques and is part of a series that explores a range of exotic and domestic wood species.
a wooden bowl with an intricate design in the center
Geode Vessel by Joshua Salesin, 2017. Black agate, 4"H.
This vessel was made from a rough-turned bowl I started thirteen years prior and set aside due to imperfections in the wood. On revisiting the piece, I realized I could turn the bowl on its side and create a new form using the Geode Vessel design I was exploring at the time. The piece is hand-turned (not CNC!) using a rosette lathe. The exterior features the beautiful wood grain while the internal pattern is suggestive of the crystalline forms which occasionally produce spectacular geodes.
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Geode Vessel by Joshua Salesin, 2017. Bloodwood, 4"H.
This vessel is formed to naturally rest on its side highlighting the beautiful wood grain exterior. The interior is ornamented with geometric patterns suggestive of the crystalline forms which occasionally produce spectacular geodes. It is made individually by hand using rose lathe turning techniques.
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Geode Vessels by Joshua Salesin, 2017. Brown ebony, bloodwood, osage orange, 5"H.
These vessels are formed to naturally rest on their side highlighting the beautiful wood grain exterior. The interior is ornamented with geometric patterns suggestive of the crystalline forms which occasionally produce spectacular geodes. Each is made individually by hand using rose lathe turning techniques.