Category Archives: Bowls and Dishes

Turning more magnolia

2016-05-19 15The magnolia was so much fun to turn, let’s just say one good turn deserves another. This one has a base and lid turned from some sycamore2016-05-19 153re that I cut into boards last year. The spindle is Brazilian Cherry. I just got a big load of maple this week so that will be used for quite a few upcoming projects.

In the works

2016-05-08 15I have a lot of projects going on in different stages. Many are back logged waiting for lacquer and the weather has just not been cooperating with me. This piece was from a log someone left me that I thought was poplar due to the grain and coloration but the donor showed up and told me it was magnolia. What a joy to turn it was. The whiteness screamed for color but the grain patterns were wonderful. This one wanted an indigo blue which I had to custom mix from some batik dyes I had been wanting to experiment with. My wife thought it was the best color job yet. With practice comes proficiency. I was able to take it outside and put a sealer coat on yesterday since it was sunny and fairly warm but the winds were a bit much to do a lot of spraying so I have 2 other projects waiting in the wings.

It’s not always about color

2016-02-21 15.50.45I had colored many pieces of this spalted oak so I wanted to leave one natural — it hurt because I so wanted to color a project this weekend (I eventually did and will post that later). Of course there is some color if you call black a color. Any other wood I had that was the right size for the lid would have had too much grain pattern to conflict with the look of the spalting so I decided to use Sycamore and dye it black (with India ink of course) and then use the oak for the spindle to carry the look upwards. I wanted the spindle to be more delicate but it was a bit punky which is one of the characteristics of spalted wood. The whole piece is coated with lacquer.

Snow Day

2016-02-15 14.30.27I got an unexpected free day in the shop when we awoke to a good snow storm. I finished several works in progress and even had a bit of time to play a bit. This time with acrylic paints on a black ink background. This bowl was a “toss away” since it had a big gouge in it so it was perfect to practice on. After the “spatter job” I coated the whole think in satin finish lacquer.

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Bowl #2 with acrylics

Fun with ink

2016-01-31 13.49.27Another black bowl, this one with the top left natural. I originally was going to make the top black but the piece of cherry looked so nice natural that it seemed a shame to blacken it. I did have an industrial spill with the ink making a Rorschach Test on the plywood floor where I was working.  The spindle is 2016-01-31 13.49.35more of the cherry which is ink stained as well. Bowl is maple and measures about 7″ in diameter.

Turning Off Cuts

2016-01-24 13.22.44I still had a small piece of that spalted oak sitting around basically taking up space. The grain was much too nice to chunk it so I arrived at a shape that both the wood and I could work with. There was a lot of black in this piece and the grain was all over the map which made for a pretty interesting dye job. It also needed a bit of a base to keep it stable so with the lid and base I used some cherry off cuts making this whole bowl a scrap project. 2016-01-24 13.23.03There was a lot of “rippling” in the finish due to the nature of oak so I had to wet sand after every 4 coats of lacquer. I think I may have to go another 2 or 3 yet to get the totally flat surface.

 

That’s Why They Call It The Blues

2016-01-08 15.35.29To paraphrase Donovan Leitch, Blue is a color I rarely use. This time I wanted a straight up blue bowl. I also wanted to try out my new air brush which worked fine but I still need practice to get the blends I want. Of course, the inside is natural with clear coats of shellac. This is the butt end of a piece of sycamore that was used for the last spittoon project. At this point it only has a sealer coat and will be wet sanded today and multiple coats of lacquer applied. I’m thinking I may keep the top as a matt finish and gloss up the bottom section. We’ll see how that looks. I’ll add more photos when complete.More Views and comments

Spalted Oak Bowl

2016-01-03 16.31.37I had no idea what was was in this stump when I put it on the lathe. What I found was some really nice spalting and figure. It seemed a little plain so I used the same epoxy as was on the unnatural edged bowl to add an accent ring at the top. The color was perfect to accentuate the piece. This again was a defect driven piece. I had to turn away some junk and ended up with the shape you see. I also brushed on multiple coats of lacquer and rubbed them back to a satin sheen so filled the loose grain well and feels smooth. Still on the project a day plan but in the meantime I have done more than one. I had to do multiples of the Ebony No Ivory piece because everyone seemed to want one.

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