|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 02-28-2016 06:09 AM||680 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Early last week, I decided, in the midst of finishing the inside of this Dish, that I really need to elevate my workmanship – make it, on the whole, extraordinary in ways that can’t fail to bring money, as well as attention from my peers. I thought about the two “Holy Grails of Woodsmithery” that exist in my mind. This piece sat on the side since last Tuesday, whilst I immersed myself in one of those branches of teh Wooden Artes. Yesterday came. I made three breathless attempts to make a reasonable facsimile of the thing I’d been whole-heartedly concentrated upon. My head was pounding, and my heart ached at the frustration of it all.
I think I shall return, if only briefly, to the devil with which I’m well-acquainted. For I am having a crisis of confidence.
I think you should. You’re becoming impossible to live with. For you are a turd.
Well, sir, a couple months ago, driving down the street, I spied a stick of Plumeria out at the curb.
I picked it up. I’m not proud. I had, at that time, cut a piece from said stick, mounted it on the lathe, between centers, cylindrified it, and stuck the stick in a box. Back to yesterday’s crisis. I got that wee piece of Plumeria out, mounted it and began turning. Today, as I was finishing that piece, the Dish that is the subject of this Post called to me from the corner of the workbench. “You have that finishing stuff out. How’s ‘bout finishing me? I’m all done, bit for the outside that hasn’t been finished.”
A (mercifully) little of the process.
So, I did. Now, whereas I had given the inside the same “Quasi-Blue-Ice” finish that I had applied to the first dish in this set, for the outside I merely colored the WOP with food dye and laid on several coats, til it just sorta hinted at blue. I then topped it with clear WOP a few times to deepen it.