163 - “Rude Osolnik - A Life Turning Wood”, Rude Osolnik, Value: $3,000

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Presentation Case with Book, candle holder and KOA bowl


  • KOA Bowl - 5" x 10" diameter 
  • Book - 12.5" x 12.5"
  • Candle - 7" x 1.5" maximum diameter

"Considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary wood turning in America, Rude Osolnik is something of a folk hero. Working in Kentucky, he creates robust forms from a variety of woods. Osolnik is noted for his ability to use figures in the wood he laminates, creating a signature look that emerges only as the work is turned." - Kenneth Trapp The Renwick at Twenty-Five (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, 1997)

Rude Osolnik moved to Kentucky in 1937 to run an industrial arts program at Berea College. For more than forty years he began work at two in the morning so that he could spend four hours at the lathe before a day of teaching. Osolnik often gave small turned objects to family and friends, and his unique candlesticks, weed pots, and natural edge bowls quickly became recognized and sought after. He used simple proportions and clean lines to achieve what he described as a ​“perfect balance between material, purpose, and contour.”


Catalog number 163

Value: $3,000
Bidding ended: 3:00pm, 20 May 20213:00pm, Thursday 20 May 2021America/New York


Bidder Time Bid
lvilleclay 2:51pm 20 May 2021 $3,000
Richard Vanstrum 7:34pm 11 May 2021 $1,500
lvilleclay 10:13am 11 May 2021 $1,200