|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 10-07-2015 07:53 AM||1860 views||2 times favorited||29 comments|
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