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EARLY WORKS


Melvin Lindquist

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This is the main navigation page for Melvin Lindquist's EARLY WORKS.  Click on the photos for larger images, and click DETAILS for individual pages which give descriptions, additional photos,
and in some cases, prices for each piece. 

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Occasionally, there will be a group of woodturnings from an earlier time period available for viewing on the web.  That resource may become of special historical interest, however, the work presented is either in museum collections or private collections.  The works you see here are actual works from the Lindquist Studios Collection which are for sale.  These are genuine untouched original pieces which have been packed away in boxes for as long as 20 years.  Melvin and his son Mark selected  significant and outstanding pieces over the years from Melvin's output which was been a relatively steady stream of consistently excellent works.  The pieces on these pages are exceptional works from an important period beginning in 1979 when Melvin and his wife Helen first moved to Henniker, NH, to live near Mark and his family.  Melvin worked in Mark's newly renovated studio and had access to very special burls and spalted wood, and was able to devote a lot of time to his work.  The pieces shown here were chosen and saved in the collection because either they were of beautiful and unusual woods, or they represented important developments in technique or aesthetic concept.  Key historical works are vitally important as they document the evolution of an artist's work.  These early pieces from the Lindquists' collection are a little more expensive than current works, however, it is a special opportunity for collectors to find works of this caliber and historic significance.

Remember what it is that you are looking at.
Today there are literally thousands of woodturners who take the original concepts that Melvin and Mark Lindquist invented for granted.  These pieces comprise forms, techniques and aesthetic ideologies which originally existed in wood only through the works of Mark and Melvin Lindquist.  These attributes have become so assimilated into the field at large that the works you see here may seem at first simple, or commonplace.  However, when Melvin first showed these pieces and others like them, collectors and woodworkers alike were shocked by the use of hitherto discarded materials and the celebration of irregularities.  These are some of the pieces which made contemporary woodturning what it is today.  Nowhere is there such a comprehensive, inclusive collection which chronicles the development and evolution of one of America's true birthright art forms.  This is it.

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