There are only thirty-three total works in David Ellsworth's Solstice Series, a body of work that displays the artist's pioneering spirit. The series conveys the duality of order and chaos, creation and destruction, etc. Ellsworth notes, "These objects represent an effort to connect with one of the universal motivations for making art—the conundrum between chaos and order—and to manifest these concepts into primary forms turned on a lathe."
Many of the works are spheres that have a planetary feel, several others are inverted vessel forms where splits in the wood alter the shape further. They are all burned and painted with rows of descending-sized holes that feel like moon phase charts or depictions of orbits, several have carved, hieroglyphic details that look like an alien language. Avant-garde and ahead of their time, when Ellsworth made these, painting wood was frowned upon by many collectors who preferred the beauty and purity of the natural wood. This series shocked and confounded them at the time. The artist recalls, "They were simply too radical for the era when I and the rest of the turning world had been consumed for over a decade with burled woods."