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Box Elder, Oak, slate, granite, various beach gravel, broken and surf worn tile, 13.25” x 11” x 9.5”. Turned, textured, wire brushed, scorched, carved, microwaved.

Lately I’ve been playing around with sculptural forms, drawing inspiration from the works of Art Liestman, Clay Foster, Marc Ricourt, and Thiery Martenon.

C&C’s always welcome.

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





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flowchart_jockey

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 08:14 PM

These are great. They almost look like they grew that way.

-- Why make it easy when you can make it difficult?

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SignWave

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 08:22 PM

Very creative. What effect does microwaving have on them?

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webwood

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 09:07 PM

very cool

-- -erik & christy-

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rcwoodturning

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 10:45 PM

Thanks to all for taking the time to look, and for your comments.

SignWave, nuking causes rapid drying of the wood (these were turned green), and thus, distortion. Distortion is dependent upon the location of the pith. The pith is about middle on the box elder piece, and below the bottom of the oak piece. Movement is somewhat predictable, and therefore, an intended design element. The trick is to monitor the nuking process so that you don’t blow up or burn the piece. I usually start with 2 minutes on high, always watching, listening, smelling. What I look for when I open the door is steam, accompanied by sizzle…think baked potato fresh out of the oven. When it gets to that point, I take it out and set it on a slate slab to cool for a bit, then renuke it. The hot/cool cycle is important to the distortion. I recommend that all nuking takes place before any finishes get applied…no telling how they might react to being zapped!

Smiles,

Rick

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

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 11:04 PM

very interesting idea…

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

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remy97

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 11:41 PM

i like em’ where are you gonna put them?

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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Jason

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 12:03 AM

Definitely outside the box. Thanks for posting.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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rcwoodturning

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 01:06 AM

Hi Wisty, remy and Jason,
These will be part of my display at an upcoming outdoor juried art show…hopefully they’ll get the right attention. Am I Coming or Going? will also be there, as well as others that I’m working on now.
I appreciate y’all taking the time to comment,
Rick

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

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remy97

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 01:30 AM

i honesty think you gonna win because i never saw anything like it. good luck!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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degoose

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 02:28 AM

I love the curves… not a straight line between them ….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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rcwoodturning

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 04:46 AM

remy,
Don’t jinx me now…

degoose,
I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a straight line, other than mess it up…

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

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#12 posted 02-27-2010 05:32 PM

coolness. I love mixed media pieces. as well as non-symmetrical turning.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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rcwoodturning

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#13 posted 02-27-2010 06:46 PM

Hi Scott,
I am a scrounger…can’t resist picking up things that are jumping up and down and yelling “pick me, pick me”. Just got back from a walk on the beach where I found all sorts of storm tossed shell fragments with the coolest colors, patterns and textures…they will be utilized in one way or another some time in the future.

Interestingly, even with non-symmetrical turning, I find that I’m striving for some form of balance in the piece.

Thanks for looking,
Rick

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

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