Boule de Canton

Boule de Canton

Guy loves making these. Known as Captive Balls / Captive Spheres or in French "Boule de Canton"  - Cantonese Balls - these are made from a single piece of wood and each ball is made up of either 5 or 7 individual spheres.

It takes a lot of precision, patience and skill to make these. Each ball is precisely 65mm in diameter to start with.

There are not a lot of people in the world who make these so supply is always limited. Each piece is a true collector's piece and an investment in something truly unique and rare.

At the moment these are the pieces that Guy has available at his workshop:

Piece 1:

This piece won the first prize in the category for 'Small Pieces' at the 150th Royal Easter Art show in Auckland. See the news item here.

Diameter: 65mm

Wood: Maple

Finish: None - Raw wood

Price: NZ$450.00 incl GST excl delivery

Piece 2:

Diameter: 65mm

Wood: rare French Box wood

Finish: None - Raw wood

Price: NZ$400.00 incl GST excl delivery

THE JOURNEY OF WOOD TURNING A CAPTIVE WOODEN BALL

Each ball starts life as a sphere that is perfectly round and exactly 65mm in diameter. There is quite a bit of math involved in creating the different openings. Then it is a lot of patience, some really, really careful turning with specially manufactured tools and a calm demeanor to create these incredible wood turned art pieces.