Hi, I am Yaakov Bar Am, and I am an avid reader. Not only do I read in public and behind closed doors, I am proud to admit; I like history. And I like to read all about the things I am interested in. In this case, wood turning. And I want to tell you about a book I just finished which covers two things I enjoy; history and woodturning. The book is “The Cutting Edge, Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection” by Kevin Wallace and published by Fine Arts Press.
I saw a couple of ads for this book in my American Wood Turner magazine, and when I saw that the AAW (American Association of Wood Turners) members could get a discount, I could not resists buying it. I remember when I was a kid, I saw an ad for a great looking game in the back of a comic book. So I clipped the order form out of the comic, got my mom to write a check and mailed the order form off. And in 6 to 8 weeks, I forgot all about it. Then a couple of months later it showed up. What a disappointment it was. Well, although the process was the same, I certainly was not disappointed by this book. But to be honest, clipping an order form out of a magazine and having to mail it off was a pain. Why you couldn’t order this book online is a mystery to me. When the book arrived, I had no idea what it was. It had been that long since I ordered it. Fine Arts Press is not going to sell a lot of copies if they don’t use today’s technology.
Anyway, I was not sure what to expect from the book other than loads of great photos and some words about Dr. Lipton. As I expected, the photos were great, but what I was not expecting was a great history of wood art and the artists who pioneered the way. I had vaguely heard about the Lipton Collection, but I knew nothing of Dr. Irving Lipton. His story and his patronage of the wood art scene was a huge part of how we got where we are today in contempoary wood art.
If you collect art books, or like books about turning, you will certainly enjoy this book.