|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 10-27-2015 06:04 AM||1187 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
Or, as I think of it, “Stem? I Dont Need No Stinkin’ Stem”.
In my head (trust me – you needn’t look in there), there was a nice little Wine Goblet, mebees a Woblet. Jacaranda it is. Oh so carefully did I shape the upper half of the outside of the bowl. Carefuller still did I bore the inside, using three bits in succession – 1-3/8” to a depth of 2”; 1” to about 1/2” beyond that; and, finally, my 9/16” concrete drill to turn that spur pokum into a nice conical depression. I then used my neat little home-made hollowing tool, and others to complete the inside turning, went back outside, and completed turning the lower half of the bowl. (I’m nobody’s fool. I’m gonna make sure I have no reason, this time, to go back to the bowl after turning the stem.) Well, sir, the bowl portion of the program being finished and, also, finished, I now turn my attention to the stem.
Ever mindful of the depth and diameter of the opening within, I begin working my way down the neck of the stem. There’s a clear picture in my head. Alas, I was unmindful of all that material I had removed from the inside whilst making the wall very thin – 1/16” at the rim; 1/8” at the bottom of the bowl. I don’t have to say out loud what happened. You know what happened. It was a very clean cutoff. Not to be dissuaded, much less unhinged, I begin thinking about how to fix this catastrophe.
“I don’t need no stinkin’ stem”, says the bowl, as I pick it up off the floor.
So, you don’t, says I.
I turn that part which was to be stem into a double spool, of sorts, with a ridge running around the middle. I cut it off. I removed the chuck, with the base still in it (not done with that). I mount the stem/spool thingy between centers, and just start monkeying around with it. Including, but not limited to: Shaping one side such that it will have something like feet to stand on; Creating a recess for the pin jaws, so I can turn the other side. Chuck mounted on the pin jaws now, I hasten to make a fitting concavity, without destroying the outer shape, for the bowl to be glued into. That done, I think I want to do something different in the finishing portion of the program. I grab my propane torch and begin scorching. Then, sanding. Then, BLO’ing. Then, Shellacking. What you can’t see in the photos is that the figure (very subtle) can indeed be seen through the (what I like to call) Black Chrome. I’ll do less scorching and/or more sanding next time, to make sure you can see it.
There’s that 1/4” of proud wood at the base of the bowl that was to be turned off in the process of turning the neck of the stem. It’s rough, and, it’s bare naked. I sand it smooth and go to it with the Acrylic paint. I now have a Goblet bowl with thin walls and no bottom. You can see right through it. That’s different. At least, nobody’s gonna take this for a goblet one can actually use for drinking. On to the base.
What to do? What to do?
Make it round and scorch it. Make it so the sideways stem/spool thingy can nestle down onto it. Keep the bark.
Olay. I will.
And, I did. The voice in my head should be very happy with me.
I took no pictures while I was making this Thing. The little Jacaranda log started out as a basis for a lid for the bowl I turned last week. In making it round, it became too small to be said lid. So I just saw this as an excuse to spin off a goblet in short order.