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Project by rcwoodturning posted 06-11-2010 03:26 PM 1931 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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10”H x 5”W x 7”D. Bleached maple, turned, carved, textured, pierced. Stand is cherry, carved and wire brushed, painted with black gesso and burnished. This is the first in a new series based on my beachcombing findings. The shell fragment inspiration is of a very worn sea scallop piece that I came across while beachcombing Matanzas Inlet, below Saint Augustine, Fl, awhile back. I find these heavily worn pieces to be very inspiring, and am having fun with exploring where this will take me. This is the second stand I made for this piece, and I feel it displays the piece much better.

C&C’s, and possible names for this piece, are most welcome.

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





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Stosh

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 03:33 PM

Neptunes sheild … thats the name !!!!!

interesting, different and origional, nice work

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 03:54 PM

Very creative, nice looking piece….......................cool name idea Stosh…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 03:58 PM

Thanks for your comments! Stosh, I like that name, will see what others have to say.

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

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 05:18 PM

Amazing piece… I’d love to see it in person.

I can’t beat Stosh’s name idea.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 05:26 PM

Cool carving very nice

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 06:27 PM

This is a striking piece. I think it looks a little like a ship with a large sail. I also like Stosh’s name idea.

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

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rcwoodturning

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 07:03 PM

Thanks everybody! Several folks who saw it at the gallery last night commented about the sailing ship concept of it.

Charlie, it will be in the Instant Gallery in Hartford, Ct, next weekend for the national woodturning symposium…swing by if you can.

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

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 07:28 PM

”Sail Away”
But, I think if you are going to do a series on shell pieces, numbering would be fine and let the viewer see what he/she will. Naming a piece automatically limits it in the viewer’s mind. Be sure to save the best titles for your major works.
I’d love to see something done with an iridescent mother-of-pearl look with the large holes on the end one gets sometimes with fragments of scallop shells, contrasting with the heavy dark ridges on the other side. Both inside and outside of shell seen as you turn it, or put on revolving stand for an exhibit. Also the inside of a Nautilus shell with its spiral chambers. Now that would be a challenge to do. Wow, this is great-a remarkable idea to turn these into wood, I can see endless possibilities. I haven’t been this excited since I spent a lot of time with people doing duck decoys and fish carvings.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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rcwoodturning

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 07:36 PM

Gnome, I see your point on numbering the pieces, and I like it. I also am thinking of the pearl colors found in shells, and will eventually do a series based on them using interference acrylics.

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

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#10 posted 06-12-2010 12:19 AM

Very creative …. say … SHELL FRAGMENT …. it looks like a fossil to me… Nice job .. it make your mind imagine.
SHELL FOSSILIZED

-- Bert

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#11 posted 06-12-2010 12:32 AM

Very nice name the collection and use the numbers for ref

-- GO DAWGS!

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Gnome

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#12 posted 06-12-2010 01:30 AM

Excellent idea to name the collection and number the pieces. You could even split it into a series of collections if you get terribly prolific on the same theme. The collection names could reflect where you got the piece of shell if it is exotic; Tahiti, Zanzibar, Grand Isle (complete with oil slick). If you enjoy making money you could also redo a piece or two as limited editions, signed and numbered, like etchings or prints are. I foresee pieces of coral along with the shell pieces, so many gorgeous corals. A few coral fragments would make a very nice counterpoint in an exhibit. Can see them now on black pedestals with pinpoint lights, sounds of the sea on a stereo or Bob Marley music depending on clientele.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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Gnome

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#13 posted 06-12-2010 01:34 AM

I have to say (like you could stop me), I think your pieces are timeless. They will be treasured for many generations. Something oriental about them in their design and simplicity (not referring to being simple to make)-like a Japanese sand garden. Zen and meditative. (Can you tell I love marketing?)

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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Gnome

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#14 posted 06-12-2010 01:40 AM

Oh, and speaking of marketing. Go big sometimes. I can see some of these pieces done really large. When I was helping artists sell paintings, I discovered it was the corporations decorating their buildings and offices with large works of art that had the money to pay enough to keep an artist working and creating. It is a tax deduction for them. Make and send a brochure to top interior decorators when you get around to that type of thing.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#15 posted 06-12-2010 05:07 AM

Wait, that’s not a real shell, but wood? You sir, are a magician. (or maybe half ninja)

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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