Initially, they were the waste product of wooden bowls turned in an ancient technique by Robin Wood of the United Kingdom, an expert pole-lathe turner and author. Known for his historical and functional objects made on a foot-powered lathe, Wood keeps the tradition of pole turning alive. The leg-powered process Wood uses results in thousands of solid, round chunks ?Cores ?that get broken out of the center of the bowl at the last moment. Wood donated 100 Cores, which ranged in size from 2 x 2" to 3 x 4" to The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. The Center sent Cores to two-score artists who agreed to the challenge of reworking them into new pieces of art. These works, shown here in more than 240 color photos, formed the exhibition ?Robin Wood's CORES Recycled ?by The Center for Art in Wood.
The Center for Art in Wood is a nonprofit arts and educational institution that, at its Old City Philadelphia location, features international contemporary art made from wood in changing exhibits, a museum collection showing the breadth of art created from wood and a research library. Incorporated in 1986, the Center has staged the annual Windgate ITE International Residency Program since 1995 for artists, photojournalists, and scholars.