|Project by Stonekettle||posted 12-11-2015 09:59 PM||1688 views||2 times favorited||22 comments|
Alaskan Birch heartwood.
This is a rework of a piece I posted here on Lumberjocks earlier. I kept looking at it and decided it just needed … more. Something.
Green turned to rough, then dried for several years in my shop here in Palmer, Alaska, before turning to finish.
After turning, I carved the bowl to resemble a foaming whitewater river. I thought I was done at that point, and posted pictures here. But like I said up above, after thinking about it for a while, I decided to complete it with a run with spawning red salmon.
I typically carve pieces like this on the lathe with the spindle locked. Roughing out with a 4” angle grinder. Detail work with the Foredom mini-angle grinder. Finish work with a Foredom detail handset, then finally with hand tools and sandpaper.
The fish are cut from redheart, then each is individually hand carved and shaped, woodburned, and glued into position. Every bowl like this I do has one fish swimming against the tide, you can see him at the bottom of picture 5.
Whole piece soaked in walnut oil for a day to saturate the wood. Dried. Final finish is lemon oil/beeswax.
It’s about 14” in diameter.
These pieces are intended as artwork. They look great, but they don’t hold soup worth a damn.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station