Oriented Strand Vessels (OSV) are vessels composed of wood carving chips, usually generated as random waste in a subtractive sculpture. The chip fibers are oriented to maximize strength and minimize wall thickness (approximately 1/8-inch) by eliminating the weakness of end grain as in solid wood structures. This allows unconventional holloware, previously foreign to wood, to be formed. Coated with an epoxy resin on the inside, the technique yields an extraordinary strength-to-weight ratio, is waterproof and uses precious woods economically.
48H x 30W x 20D cm.
(19H x 12W x 8D in.)