|Project by ghost5||posted 06-29-2015 10:48 PM||683 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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