Category Archives: Bowls and Dishes

One Bad Apple

2016-06-05 10This piece has been sitting around since I turned and colored it months ago. It originally had a black top and just didn’t excite me. Last week I decided to revisit the top and here is the result. A bit whimsical but certainly better than the original. 2016-06-05 12i still need another half dozen coats of lacquer to shine up the apple and lid (which I found out was some sort of particle board material which did give it an interesting texture for coloring).

Turned bowl with acrylic paint

2016-05-29 16This bowl was going to be another black one to replace all the ones that sold but I just wasn’t pleased with the finish. The answer was to cover the bulk of the bowl with my acrylic flower motif. The lid is a piece of cherry with an inset black spindle with is a deviation from the spindles I normally turn.2016-05-29 17 It just helps with the lift on the top half of the bowl. I had thought about bringing the flowers all the to the top but I think just bringing them up the sides was just enough. The bowl is maple and has been left naked inside.

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.