Blue Ice #1

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-07-2015 07:53 AM 1860 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever gotten to the point in something you’re making, and decided that you needed to try a new finishing technique? That’s what happened here. I’m working on Thing 1. and I think, Let us make this wood blue. But, what if you screw it up, Woodsmith? Ooh. You’re quite right there, Smartypants. It’s not like I could undo that and start over. I shall make for me another piece, from the same wood, just to see if I can.
So, I stuck another little piece of Jacaranda between centers. It was a little crotch, of sorts, that had no real prospects, otherwise. The final photo shows the victim. Here’s another shot from the other side.

Short story for clarification’s sake: On those rare occasions when I dedicate myself to sharpening all my tools, I mount a small piece of inconsequential wood, or, perhaps, I still have a stub left in the chuck. This way, I check my sharpening progress. Well, sir, sometimes, that little nub of wood becomes a keeper – mebees a bird; mebees a finial; mebees something that just makes my eyes feel happy.
Kinda what happened here. I intended to simply make a serviceable face on this piece of wood on which I could test my ability to turn wood blue. (Sticking it in the freezer doesn’t work, in case you were thinking of that. Fingers turn a nice cerulean hue while sitting in the freezer watching to see when the wood turns blue. But, not the wood. The longer one watches, the bluer the fingers will get. So, unless you like that kind of thing, I wouldn’t recommend it.)
The wood was wet. The tools were sharp, because I had just taken them through rehab to disabuse them of their Plywood hangover. So, this Thing – Thing 2 – was really fun to turn. I’m happy to announce that I seem to have achieved scary sharp this time around with the tools. I had ribbons coming off, not breaking, a foot long, and more. Gotta love that.
I think of this piece as a Turned Sculpture, because it’s solid, and has no functional purpose beyond being pretty. (That was a word my Big Thithter used. She said it was “pretty”. That’s a level of excitement from her that is rare, indeed.) My intent was for it to look like blue ice. You know, like when you’re underwater in the Arctic Sea and you look up through the ice? Or, mebees you’ve seen photos of same? Be that as it may, I’ve seen some Blue Ice sculptures that were very convincing. And, this, being my first, hopefully, is a sign of things to come

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 08:13 AM

Realy looks unusual but quite interesting. I beleive you were brave enough to try this method.Many of us aren’t.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 09:41 AM

Thank you, Ivan. But, does it look like blue ice?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 10:35 AM

Yes, I would be in the middle of a project and think of something new that I would like to try. Sometime it works out and sometimes I think “well that was all for nothing”!!!!

But You nailed it Mark, It does look like blue ice but thinking a bit further, I can also add that it looks like earth from way out in space.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 10:48 AM

Hi Mark,

I’m a bit of a minimalist with my furnishings and not normally one to have a sculpture sitting on a shelf or table. However, this is a piece I could enjoy having around. I really like the smooth icy blue side surface and the rough brown bark. If it were a little smaller I’d probably keep it on my desk. For me, because of those contrasts in color and texture it shouts to touched, not just seen. I’m certainly NOT an art critic and I don’t normally give reviews or opinions about an artist’s work but I know what I like and I like it…a lot. Thanks for sharing.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 11:29 AM

It looks great, but you didn’t tell us how you got there.

-- --Dale Page

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 11:53 AM

OK… so if the freezer doesn’t work, how did you turn this blue? Another amazing piece, btw.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#7 posted 10-07-2015 11:57 AM

Thank you, Tony. My Big Thithter asked at first if it was the sky. So, that’s not far, what you said.
Linda, it’s only 4” tall and 3” wide. It’s the perfect desk ornament. Complete with the holes from the spur- and live-centers. What am I bid?
Dale, stay tuned. The next project I post will go into more detail. (This was a practice piece.)

-- Mark

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#8 posted 10-07-2015 12:02 PM

Really interesting result Mark.
To me it does look like Blue Ice.
Thanks for sharing this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 10-07-2015 12:11 PM

Hmmmm. Coming to the US (from Germany) later this month. Something from Gremany in trade? :)

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#10 posted 10-07-2015 01:19 PM

From my ice diving days, here in the north east, I’d say you nailed it.

That is an awesome finish. I gotta ask- what did you use to make it blue?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 10-07-2015 03:17 PM

Pic #3 says to me that it also could be called “Blue Pearl” Nice going here Mark.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#12 posted 10-07-2015 06:46 PM

Ok, I’mma give you this one. You nailed it!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 10-07-2015 08:37 PM

interesting, and I like the colour…....but I wonder if it will split at the pith as it dries out.. that is the most common spot to come apart.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 10-07-2015 08:43 PM

Thank you all.
Lew, stay tuned. The next project I post will go into more detail. (This was a practice piece.)
Bob, you’re a peach.
Brian, it’s well encased in WOP, so, if it dries at all, it’ll dry very slowly. Thanks for bringing it up. I need to treat the holes from the drives in the ends.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 10-07-2015 10:12 PM

Mark, it is beautiful! I’m with Tony on the big blue marble appearance. Love the contrast between the smooth blue and the rough bark. Looking forward to the tell. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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