Jay sent in this write-up and pictures of a recent project.
The Thin Blue Line bowl was made because I needed to push back against the hate and distrust that law enforcement was, and is, under. Rather than rebut, I chose to create something in support of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and their families. You came here for a nice turning project. If you want my further thoughts, find Jay Scott on Facebook and add me, if you like, or keep up with my work on on Instagram.com/jayscottcreations.
As I said, I made this bowl to support a friend, who is a city police officer, has family members with Covid-19 vulnerabilities and, on top of that, is of Asian descent. Combine the challenge of being a police officer these days with the xenophobia of people thinking Asian people will infect them with covid-19, and it’s been a tough year for these friends of ours. In fact, the day I delivered this was a rehearsal for a funeral of a fallen member. The bowl’s recipient was a Paul Bearer.
This bowl sits 12cm x 8cm. It is oak with a slight burl. After turning the blank to a rough shape, establishing a mortise,and turning the groove, it was cast in Art Resin with ColorFX blue dye. The top rim was serendipitously unplanned. The conical shape of the bottom of the casting jar made for this nice extra height and final look. The piece was sanded to 1500, given four coats of sanding sealer, a polish with EEE Ultra Shine, then given 7-9 coats of shine juice (15% mineral oil, 85% 1lb cut of shellac).
I’m glad it was so well received by the recipient and his colleagues.