A few days back, one of my Most Beloved Buddies (Grumpy, I think) posted a short blog, sharing a link to a YT video of a guy showing another guy how to turn a Tulip. It’s a thing I’ve seen before, and, a thing I’ve tried before. So I picked up a Camphor stick and mounted it between centers. A wacky stick, it was. Thick on one end, thinner on the other, and a couple bramch stubs sticking out.
I started turning something like the beginning of a Tulip. Then, the voice started in.
Isn’t this too nice a piece of timber to make a Tulip? I mean, there’s so much wood here that would be wasted.
I thought about it for a minute, and thought, You’re right. Let us do something else with this.
Now, when I was getting close to done with Ficus Bowl 7c, I started ruminating on what to do next. I picked up a Peach Log (7” x 7”), got out the faceplate, and set about mating the two, with an eye towards turning a Vessel Emerging. Having gotten distracted by the notion of Tulips, I did, instead, as described above.
So the Wacky Camphor Branch and I discussed it, and agreed that it should be a Vessel Emerging. Vessel Emerging #5, specifically.
This is where I began taking pictures. Once I had the outside, upper part, polished.
Having learned my lesson on an earlier piece, about finishing a Vessel’s upper part before giving it a thin stem, On I went.
This is where you get to see the neat new tool I devised for getting WOP inside a slightly-more-than-one-inch opening. Now, the quality of the inside finish wasn’t of paramount importance to me, for two reasons. 1) The overall presentation of this piece is as an “unfinished” Obet de High Arte. And, B) My main concern was simply to protect the wood. (You’ll notice that it is a re-usable tool.)
That’s your story?
Uh huh. And I’m sticking to it.
The lip,which had gotten very thin, kept getting teched by the sand paper and getting chipped. I was going all “Egg-Shell” on this Thing. I had to, several times, carefully, sand out the little chips. It was just like grinding a little chip out of a tool. (This lip is really sharp – trust me, you don’t want to drink from this vessel.) In the process, the lip took on a charming little undulation that I thought fit well with the “unfinished” nature of it all.
I’d been thinking hard about the base. I had said, out loud, that, were I “One-Of-Those-People”, I might do some carving. I described, again, out-loud, the picture I was seeing in my head. And, you know what? The picture became real. I guess that makes me “One-Of-Those-Kind-Of-People.” Hmmm? First, I needed something like a cliff face for this Vessel to grow out of. So I made some cuts with my Japan Saw.
And stared at the picture in my head, long enough for my fingers to get their brains wrapped around it. (The second photo in this montage is where I turned on the lamp.)
I then Concentrated on the branch stubs.
I created some wild striations with a gouge or two, and finished it by brushing WOP. I cut it off, signed and finished the bottom, and, you can see the finished piece in a couple hours. It’s dinnertime, and Aged P is waiting for me. Also, I’m hungry.