Here's another interesting site with a history of the inventor of the modern kaleidoscope, Sir David Brewster, as well as quite an interesting range of kaleidoscopes in most all price ranges. Some neat stuff:
One of the most popular mediums for kaleidoscopes is stained glass. Stained glass provides a striking dimension to the colors inherent in a kaleidoscope image, in my opinion.
Janet & Frank Higgins have a studio in Odiham, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom and are believed to be the only studio in the UK dedicated to kaleidoscopes. With over 20 years of experience with stained glass, their 'scopes are truly "world-class".
In addition to kaleidoscope artistry, Frank is the moderator of Yahoo's "Kaleidoscope Builder's Knowledge Base" (KBKB) which is an excellent online forum for those interested in kaleidoscopes and the making of 'scopes.
(I have one in my collection and it is a treasure.)
The above are only a tiny portion of their artistry and one needs to go to the above links, especially the You Tube videos, to really appreciate their talent. I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I do.
Professional woodworker specializing in small-scale wood turning on a lathe. I work primarily with exotic woods from around the world and "Dymondwood" a laminated wood product that is dyed a variety of colors and provides a visually appealing end-product. Most of my turning is of kaleidoscopes, desk accessories, cutlery, back scratchers, key rings, etc. I market on the web and wholesale and consignment.