|Project by scottb||posted 11-26-2008 06:29 AM||3012 views||7 times favorited||18 comments|
An Eccentric Pine, but very Poplar.
I always made Christmas Tree ornaments as a kid, (that is ornaments representing the actual tree) mostly round construction paper cones, or clay. Something about the shape, the form… and the magic of the season that just resonates with kids. Look mom, a tree, in the house!
This turning is based on David Reed Smiths design in American Woodturner magazine (Winter 2008). The construction techniques and idea are all his, but it reminded me of a simple tree design I used to doodle on cards years ago (decades in fact) – by itself, as well as the smoke coming out of a pipe in Santa’s mouth. Both were sent out as homemade Christmas cards, and the tree was a simple go-to image when drawing in a fake stamp on an envelope.
That simple 2D design now has a 3D form, in the form of this svelte tree. Eccentric because it was turned with 4 different “centers” (as illustrated in the last photo, after the first turning before painting), so that the green portions are an asymmetrical element representing an evergreen. 5 inches tall, made of poplar, decorated with green acrylic paint, and buffed with wax.
Here’s David’s page for the how-to. http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Articles/EccentricTrees/EccentricTrees.htm
The link is a bit more thorough than the article in the magazine. He had some neat ideas for the top of the tree, stars, angels etc… I tried making tree and topper without referencing the article – was going for a star at the top. The wood had other ideas. So I ended up parting off the torn end and sanded down the rough wood, in what looks to me, like the top of an obelisk. The other difference is that I didn’t quite leave enough at the bottom for a stand and thin trunk, so I opted for a flat bottomed ball end – like a burlap covered root ball on a live tree one plants outside after the holidays.
This was a fun little project… and truth be told, I think the form looked better with more paint slathered on it. I may try another one, not worry so much about sanding it super smooth and just paint the whole thing. As a monotone form, I think this piece is a stunner. I may have to make myself a whole forest of these!