Moulthrop, Ed Born May 22, 1916, Rochester, New York, Died September 24, 2003
Moulthrop is considered by many to be the father of modern wood turning. He was an accomplished architect as well as a painter. He is credited with moving woodturning from a simple craft to a fine art form. Another innovation was his use of polyethylene glycol to help prevent cracking in his more advanced turnings. His pieces coated with a clear resin finish are as smooth as glass. Moulthrop sought to find shapes and finishes that revealed subtle or exotic ranges in color, and the etching-like patterns of "growth rings" in the wood. Moulthrop's method of treating wood allowed him to use pieces that otherwise might have been too fragile.
Selected Collections: Museum of Arts and Design, New York Museum of Modern Art, New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Art Institute of Chicago Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Detroit Institute of the Arts, Michigan The Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.