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Kevin Perkins AM

Tiger Grain Myrtle Veneer, Aircraft Plywood
55mm (h) x 500mm (w) x 165mm (d)

The Bowl is constructed of aircraft plywood, a strong lightweight material that can be moulded and shaped into curved forms. Perkins, along with John Smith, was among the first of the Tasmanian wood designers to experiment using plywood as a base and laminating it with thin veneer strips. The very rare tiger grain Myrtle that Perkins has used derives its name from the black fungal striations, like the stripes of a tiger, seen on the reddish brown heartwood of the Myrtle. Perkins saw in the patterned surface echoes of Fred Williams’ Australian landscape panoramas. The shape of the bowl is based on the traditional Aboriginal carrying vessels.