Taliesin West, 2016
The strangest aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin (for myself) is the Japanese influence upon his design. The use of native building products, his construction tools from drafting to concrete forms and the local labor (students and friends) are very evident when looking at the building. Lines not exactly level, small differences in quality because of the experimental stone and wood work are all pulled together by the subtle approach (Japanese) Zen to the outside gardens and inside use of space. I liken it to post processing digital work, a light hand is better than the heavy; natures way of randomness yet symmetrical. I do wood working when the temps drop below 80 degrees. When I first started, I was heavy into stains, darker woods and Quaker style type designs. Over time, I evolved to lighter woods, curly maple and olive wood, some carob. I still do my darker woods but as inlays using softer and more rounded designs. A lighter touch...
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