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This is a part of a glass panorama that goes all the way across a living room and ends
in the adjacent dining room. This triple window is about 6' wide and 30" high.
The slightly obscure clear glass is to assure privacy between this home
and the neighbors, whose house is only about 20' distant. The
picture is of Hilo's Wailuku River with its many small waterfalls.
The river runs right behind the house.
 
This is the dining-room end of the panorama.
 
 
The mural from the front entry . . .
 
 
. . . and from the dining room.
 
 
 
This piece is about three feet wide and was recently done for a new house in Hilo.
The client asked simply for "Yin-Yang Koi in a circle," and he wanted some
representation of the water and of sky. The panel was designed to fit
into an existing fixed-pane window in the living room.

Below: Installed in a new home in the Hilo hills . . .
The master bath got these windows, one at each side of the room.
The red at the top is the underside of the roof showing through the glass.
 
Below: A close-up of the banana blossom in the above panel.
These windows are about 30" high and 11" wide.
 
 
Below: The glass in the front door of Thomsen's new Forestville, California studio. (About 24 x 30.)
 

Above, "Tall Bamboo," an elegant window hanging with an Asian
theme carried out in the frame of mahogany
and eucalyptus. This piece is 42" high.
 
 
Above, "Seven Butterflies," a 25" high window hanging
with a whimsical theme of butterflies. The frame is
African mahogany and Wenge.
 
Below are two photos showing a close-up of the above panel.
These views show the relief in the construction. Unlike most work
of this nature, this panel is constructed to raise specific pieces
above the surface of the panel, giving the finished work a more
highly-crafted appearance. Note in particular the butterflies
in the photo below.
 
 
A panel of layered-glass California Poppies. The layered-glass technique is used
to achieve the shadows of petals through the translucent flowers.
 
 
More poppies, this time in a window hanging framed
in fine, old cedar.
 
"Orange Butterfly." This dramatic sylized butterfly is a window
hanging mounted in a mahogany frame. It is about 12" x 19"
 
 
"Bamboo Moon," a layered art-glass hanging panel. 15 x 17.
 
 
"Bamboo Ocean." A window hanging, 26" x 8"
mounted in a frame of African Mahogany and Wenge.
 
 
"Akaka Falls Pool," a framed window hanging that is 25"
high. The design was derived from the same photograph
used in the "Akaka Falls" backlighted piece, but each
design is unique and no two pieces are the same.


This piece was created for another client's new Hilo, Hawaii home. The client asked for gardenias,
yellow ginger, Hilo Bay, the Hamakua Coast, Mauna Kea with snow, and in the
distant sky, an I'o (Hawaiian hawk). The window is 24" high and 36" wide
and is permanently installed in a window high in a wall.
 
 
 
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Left: "Thermonuclear Guppy." Right: "Seaweed."
The panel at left was designed by North Coast Oregon
artist Paul Torian. Both are in houses designed and built
by Skip Thomsen in Manzanita, Oregon.

Each of these windows is about 30" x 60" and both were
designed to allow lots of light while maintaining privacy.
 
 
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Left + right, "Sunburst." Center, "Ocean Fantasy."
"Ocean Fantasy" designed by Paul Torian.
 
A large beach sunset abstract, set high in a wall.
 


"Whale at Neahkahnie Mountain." (About 30" x 50")
 
"Red Sun" (Four feet in diameter.)

Both of the above windows were designed by Paul Torian
and built by Skip Thomsen. They are both installed in the
house pictured below, also designed and built by Thomsen.
The Whale window is actually in an interior wall and is placed
so that it appears from the street through an exterior window.
Note that the shingles extend the waves of the round
window design out onto the wall. (Paul's idea.)
 
 
 
 
 
Below are two of the "window vines" that appeared in various
places in Thomsen's Hawaii home.
 
 
Below: A Koi art-glass panel in a frame of Hawaiian Curly Koa. 30" wide.
 
And the Studio in evening light
This little Studio is where most of the glass work is done. The woodworking is elsewhere
on the property, but only a few steps away.

 
Except as noted on four of the works done in Oregon, all ofthese pieces were designed
by Skip Thomsen, now of Forestville, California. The four that were Paul Torian's
desings were built by Thomsen
 
The design and execution of each of these pieces is unique and
will never be reproduced. All original designs and all
patterns are destroyed after the piece is completed.
 

 Many of these pieces are on display and for sale at

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