Friday, June 03, 2011

Work in Progress: Poke

This vessel "Poke" is made of walnut and looks as though one segment is being pushed in causing another to be pushed out...

and the reverse side...

I've been thinking about this design for quite some time now and I'm liking how it's coming along so far...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

latest vessel

Wow, it's been a while! It's amazing how fast time can slip away...

Ok, I have been doing some woodworking. I've got a new vessel nearing completion. This vessel is made up of 144 segements of mahogany. I still need to do some sanding and apply the finish, but the turning is done!

Similar to the past couple vessels, "coconut" is also 6" tall with a 6" diameter. There will be a floating bottom to allow the very bottom ring to be made of segments as well. The finish, when applied, will be gloss polyurethane.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Square Segmented Bowl

That's right, I made a square segmented bowl!

made of 25 pieces of pine. I've been thinking of this idea for a little while now. I was supposed to attend my local turners group meeting, but instead I stayed home and worked on this and another project...

The top is about 4" square and the bowl is about 2-1/4" tall.

I think since this worked out fairly well... granted a little rough still... I may give this another go using some hardwood instead.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Work in Progress: Scarred

I did the carved feature of Scarred tonight. I still have a bit of touch up work to do... I also need to finsh sanding the rest of the exterior and complete the bottom, but it's coming along nicely I think.

As I was shutting the lights off in the photo booth, this image caught my attention...

I thought the shadows looked pretty cool here and showed off the carving pretty well...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sneak Peek - Scarred

My next hollow vessel, which is already underway, is titled "scarred". This vessel will be about 6" x 6" as the last two have been. There are 288 pieces in this vessel and it will also include some carving detail.



Stone is made of 85 pieces of Pine. The seam of each segment was hand carved. The entire piece was stained black with Minwax ebony stain before the majority of the stain was sanded off the exterior to add contrast to the stained carving detail. I then finished the piece with 4 coats of tung oil. There are about 20 hours of work in this piece.
Stone is approx 6” tall and 6” in diameter.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Segmented Hollow Vessel #2 - Finishing

With the carving complete, I applied a liberal coat of ebony stain over the entire piece.

The following day, I put the vessel back on the lathe to sand away some of the stain to contrast and highlight the carvings.

I've now applied a single coat of tung oil to the piece. I will add more coats over the next few days...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


I designed and created this piece based on the empty feeling I have from losing my brother Sam last October. Made of 234 individual pieces of Pine, I call this piece "Missing".