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Project by rcwoodturning posted 1637 days ago 1421 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the recent Turning of the Week on the American Association of Woodturners website homepage. I was very honored, to say the least! Here is the link to my gallery there…

http://www.aawforum.org/photopost/showgallery.php?ppuser=20042&cat=500

I had been considering doing a disc after seeing them in the IG in Albuquerque last summer, finally gave it a go, partly because it was out of my comfort zone, but also as one of my two entries for the Art League of Daytona Beach juried member’s exhibition…it garnered Honorable Mention in the sculpture category. My zodiac sign is Cancer, hence the crab. The speckled crab shells (one on each side) I found while beachcombing near my house. Oak, 10” x 2”, turned, textured, verdigris patina, epoxy-cast Arabica coffee grounds with black leather dye, crab shell, bronze with blue patina on aluminum base. C&C’s most welcome.

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...





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jayjay

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#1 posted 1637 days ago

Simply beautiful!!

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 1637 days ago

Nice sense of motion.

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#3 posted 1637 days ago

awesome
love the background info as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 1637 days ago

Fantastic, very impressive, it deserves to be on a cover and a homepage,
Thanks for all the info, and post.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Mike Auclair

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#5 posted 1636 days ago

Excellent. These are really sweet. The discussion of the materials used sounds really good, but
might it be possible to explain the processes you used as well?.

Still, I really appreciated the pics. the go a long well to add to this, our web sight.

God Bless and keep up the fine work.

-- Measure it with a micrometer - Mark it with a piece of chalk - Cut it with an Axe

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#6 posted 1636 days ago

Hi Atruly excellent piece. As Mike said if at all possible please some more info
This is truly a damm good piece and if u dont mind I am going to make my own version. will post when done
Kind Regards Roger in SA

-- Africa is not for sissies

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rcwoodturning

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#7 posted 1636 days ago

Wow, thanks to all for the feedback!

OK, sit down with your favorite beverage, for here is the process…

End grain 3” thick oak log section (insert wood of choice, or what is at hand), turned between centers to true the edge and shape one face, and establish the recess for the chuck (Super Nova 2 with 50mm jaws in expansion mode). It’s important that you remember this recess, as there will be a test at the end. While still between centers, create heavy spirals with the Sorby texturing tool on the shaped face of the disc (here’s all sorts of room for textural experimentation). Flip the disc and remount on the chuck, shape the other face and create another recess, then to the Sorby again. Chasing the loose fibers with a 3×7 row welder’s “tooth brush” should also be done while on the lathe. For stubborn fibers, I have the mantra that “my propane torch is my favorite tool”. It’s probably a good idea if this is done over a clean lathe…wouldn’t want to torch your studio, now would you?

Remove from lathe, apply copper acrylic paint to one side, followed by oxidizing agent (this process is called verdigris, basically copper tarnishing…I use Modern Masters Metal Effects paint along with the various activators). Don’t bother with the recess, just the edge of it. Do the same for the other side. This is just one way to enhance the piece, use your imagination…I love going into crafts shops and finding things and the label says not to be used for this or that, and that’s what I use it for anyway. I sprayed both sides with satin Krylon, but that isn’t necessary.

I messabout with boats at times, so I have a stash of epoxy (West System, but any 2-part will do). I make a small batch, just enough to fill the recess (recess…what recess?...remember I said there was a test?). I mix in used coffee grounds (from my kitchen, not the nearby restaurant’s dumpster)...and dribble in some black leather dye. Stir well, carefully pour into recess. When hardened, gently glue crab shell, or whatever, using CA glue.

There you have it, a challenge to whoever feels like giving it a go. Looking forward to seeing your results!
Rick

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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#8 posted 1636 days ago

very interesting piece of art… thanks for the how to write up…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 1633 days ago

A great turning super art

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rcwoodturning

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#10 posted 1632 days ago

Thanks! I’m working on a couple more at the moment, will post later.

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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