|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 02-28-2016 07:13 AM||728 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
The bush from whence come the flowers of which leis are made.
In my ‘hood, dwell many of these bushes. Quite lovely, in the Springtime (now, in Southern California – mid to late February), with all their show-offity flowers a-bloom.
Some months back, it became apparent to me that one of my neighbors no longer wanted the Plumeria in his yard. The branch that was left at the curb came home with me.
Isn’t that gonna be rather too plant-like to turn?
Shut up, Precious. What do you know about it?
As much as you do, Poopsie.
I cut about an 8” piece of it a few days later and mounted it between centers, to cylindrify it. It was like a wet sponge. I got it round and put it in a bag of its own filth. Yesterday, experiencing a crisis of confidence regarding a subject I won’t go into here, I mounted it back on the lathe and determined to make of it a goblet. It had dried real well. I didn’t take any pictures of it until I’d finished turning the outside of the bowl and polished it up. That was when I thought it deserved having its picture taken. It looked, to me, for all the world like Ivory.
I’ve leaned my lesson, thank you very much, about finishing the top of such Things before moving on to the part of such a Thing that’s gonna want to break. I then worked my way down the stem (without breaking it), and put, at the very bottom end, what’s supposed to pass for a drop, of sorts. You know, like, that which “emerged” was a drop of wine, from whence sprang forth a wine goblet.
You’re too clever by half.
VIMH and I aren’t terribly fond of one another, these days.
As to the finish: I picked up my squirt bottle of Shine Juice and decided I needed to make a new batch. I couldn’t find my can of BLO to save my life. Remembering a video wherein Mary May had mentioned that her Italian carving Master had the propensity for using Olive Oil, I made my new batch with that. It seemed to give the “Ivory” appearance of the material (Is it wood? I don’t know. I know. Someone’s going to say that anything you can turn can qualify as wood. My answer to that is that I saw a video of a woman turning a cauliflower on the lathe. It looked exquisitely like one of those burl turnings that resemble a coral growth.), yellow. The photos make it look yellower than it is in reality. But is does have a yellow tinge.
I like it, no matter what that turd, VIMH thinks.