Jay has finished three items for our viewing pleasure today.
This bowl was an experiment. From an imperfect piece of crabapple tree, I had to fix a few splits and cracks. I need more practice repairing cracks, effectively and attractively. This experiment comes from my perspective, always considering usability to myself and other quads. I was aiming for a bowl with good purchase without sacrificing design. It is a decent bowl that taught me a few things. This design was not only meant to help a person hold on to the bowl, but to give it a way in which it could be tipped over a plate to scoop the contents within on to a plate, without needing to pick up the bowl with one hand and scoop with a second.
The piece is made from flowering crabapple, sits 165mm x 70mm, was sanded to 600, sealed with shellac, polished with Yorkshire Grit regular and microfine, then complete with beeswax and carnauba wax.
Box Elder Burl Live Edge Bowl
Working down my project list, I finally got to this anticipated piece. It turned out well, just in time to be an eighteenth anniversary gift to my wife.
Box elder burl, sitting 145mm x 85mm, turned and sanded to 600 grit. I decided to give this bowl the four month, four coat walnut oil finish. After two applications it is looking great.
Off Center Aquarium Vase
I had some time available to experiment and have wanted to try off center turning for awhile. I figured I would start with four axes (three off center, one on center for drilling and rounding opening), with the intent to paint it in neon colours like the kind you’d see on structures or artificial coral that decorate an aquarium. A sea creature shape with three relatively equal sides seemed ambitious enough for my first off center turning.
60mm wide by 140mm tall and made of maple, with three off center and one on center axis, sanded to 400 grit, airbrushed with neon acrylic paint, and finished with shellac. The other three axes were all 9mm off center, 120 degrees apart.