Handmade metal, wood and glass kaleidoscopes by Henry Bergeson of Blackfoot Scopes, Jon and Suzanne Chesnik of Chesnik Scopes, and Peggy and Steve Kittlelson of Woodland Designs.
Everyone is a kid when it comes to kaleidoscopes, as the magic of light, movement and color captivate us all. Our scope artists use high quality materials, superior mirroring systems and a variety of humble ingredients to create these hand-held masterpieces. Take a look...
HENRY BERGESON - BLACKFOOT SCOPES During his youth, Henry Bergeson developed a love for things mechanical. He took his love and ability to a new level with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was uncomfortable, though, with the analytical "hands-off" approach to engineering. Through the "real world" job experience, he developed a sense of the design. He was laid-off during the downturn in business in 1987, so he packed up and moved west. In Colorado, his new home, he followed his intuition and tried his hand at kaleidoscope building. And, well…the rest is in the making.
JON AND SUZANNE GREENE - CHESNIK SCOPES Janice and Ray Chesnik started Chesnik Scopes in 1980, and Janice's son, Jon Greene and his wife, Suzanne, joined them in 1990. They offer a full line of brass- and chrome-plated scopes using the highest quality front-surface mirrors and a variety of beautiful materials in their handmade wheels. Each scope features a magnifying lens for the clearest optics.
Cozy Baker, world renowned kaleidoscope expert, referred to the Chesniks in her book, Kaleidoscope Artistry, as among the first and finest artists to popularize the wheeled kaleidoscope, and collectors worldwide agree. Every Chesnik Scope style is signed and dated by Jon, and each comes with its own wooden base or pedestal. The brass and chrome finishes couldn’t be easier to care for, because they will never tarnish.