Wood artist shinesAnnapolis fine woodworker Timothy Mowry...


July 25, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Wood artist shines

Annapolis fine woodworker Timothy Mowry, who calls his work "craftsman style, but with a twist," was named the best new artist in wood media at the recent 1999 Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show. The award was sponsored by Fine Woodworking magazine. It was only the second show for Mowry, who has been a woodworker for just five years. Details such as unusual handles, unusual graining and simple but striking hardware characterize his work.

"I use natural finishes that don't impart a lot of color," Mowry says. "The wood is the decoration."

Smaller pieces, such as mirrors, cost about $500; larger pieces such as buffets, tables and cabinets can cost between $6,000 and $18,000 and up, depending on size and complexity.

Mowry also does custom design for individual clients. You can reach him by phone at 410-349-2929. Or you can check out his Web site at www.annap. infi.net/~mowry.

Dive into a dream

Heat wave or not, there are few things more pleasant than visiting a lovely private swimming pool. You can do so vicariously with "Dream Pools & Gardens," a new book by Francisco Asensio Cerver (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999, $50), director of a marketing and design agency in Barcelona, Spain.

There are stunning pools that spill over (sometimes literally) into the scenery, pools that emphasize architecture, pools with waterfalls, pools for lounging and pools for exercise. A few are in the United States (in places such as Beverly Hills), but most are from Europe and the Mediterranean. All are enough to inspire deep longing.


"Landscapes of Japan: A Culture of Space, Meaning & Design" is the topic of a slide lecture by landscape architect Iris Miller, of Catholic University, Saturday at the visitors' center auditorium at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. The lecture will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a tea ceremony to follow in the garden's tea house. Admission is $19, and registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 301-962-1451.

Imperial inspiration

Russia at the time of the czars is the inspiration for a new line of giftware from Rosenthal china and designers at Versace. Blue, pastel green, rose and yellow accented with gold adorn napkin rings, covered boxes, vases, trays, candle holders, obelisks and a collection of tiny, lavishly decorated clocks. Giftware prices range from $49 to $495; the clocks are priced at $198. For store information, call Rosenthal customer service at 800-804-8070.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

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