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"Imperfect Heart"

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Project by ghost5 posted 06-29-2015 10:48 PM 634 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went back out to the shop today to try and finish a bowl I had come apart. It was full of checks to the point I had to leave it thicker than planned since it was flexing so much whenever a tool touched it. I got it to the point I could start on the heart motif which I sort of had in my head. I drew a rough outline of a heart on the bowl then used a step bit to drill a series of holes around the perimeter. I used a coping saw to remove as much material as I could then out came the rasps and files. I finished the carving with a Dremel using a sanding drum then hand sanded the rest. All the carving and sanding was done while the bowl was still on the lathe. That worked out pretty well.

As I worked the symbolism in the bowl started to tell the story my hands produced without my help. The owner wanted it to be eccentric and not perfect so here is part of what symbolism is there. One heart is near the edge where many keep theirs’, beside it is one bent out of shape as it is getting pushed away, some are larger, some smaller, no two alike and none perfect. The interior of the bowl shows tool marks and rough spots, the things we keep hidden from others. Most of the hearts were done in the heartwood of the bowl while others expand into the sapwood as if searching. The hearts are thinner near the younger wood and thicken as they near the older wood as many people do through life. The rest I leave to the viewer.

It is rare that I tell what is in my work as far as meaning but thought you might like to see this one.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 11:48 PM

Very symbolic bowl, and nicely done. As you say, the meaning is up to the individual.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 12:55 AM



Very symbolic bowl, and nicely done. As you say, the meaning is up to the individual.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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#3 posted 06-30-2015 03:54 PM

Love it Tommy, the design and the message the bowl has to give. Enjoyed the read.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#4 posted 06-30-2015 04:06 PM

It’s very creative and certainly an eye catcher. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-30-2015 04:12 PM



Love it Tommy, the design and the message the bowl has to give. Enjoyed the read.

- Chris


It s very creative and certainly an eye catcher. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks guys. I have wanted to do a pierced bowl and this commission gave me a chance to try one and see what it takes. More are coming.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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