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Project by rcwoodturning posted 07-25-2010 09:36 PM 2186 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

11”H x 7.5”W x 1.75”D. Ambrosia maple, turned, carved, textured, pierced. Stand is merante, paint, brass rod. This is a further exploration into the textural inspirations that I’m deriving from my beachcombing findings. This particular piece is from a fragment of a hard clam, commonly found on beaches in northeast Florida. I held off on making this piece until returning from Hartford, because I wanted input on the first one which I had in the IG. I’m especially grateful to Marilyn Campbell, who gave me an indepth criticism of that piece, and also to Ed Kelle, who gave me the knowledge needed to bring out what I saw in this piece. This piece may or may not be finished. I’m thinking of bleaching the maple, also leaning towards a slightly bigger stand. As such, I would greatly appreciate all comments and criticisms.

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





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#1 posted 07-25-2010 10:10 PM

What a gorgous piece it is!!!
It’s easy to tell what kinds of hard work get involved.
Nice work.

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 10:14 PM

Stand is fine. Not sure what to say about the rest of it yet. :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 10:27 PM

great piece.

try bleaching parts of it, perhaps just the tips of the surface texture

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 11:32 PM

Thanks to all for your comments!

Ryan, many hours of carving!

DaN, that is easier said than done! I use Kleanstrip 2 part wood bleach, which flows like water…would probably be impossible to keep it out of the voids since there are no runoff channels along the ridges (they wouldn’t look right with this carving).

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

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#5 posted 07-26-2010 12:16 AM

Oh wow, This is wood? You must have the patience of Job, eyes like an eagle, hands like a surgeon! You could put bleach on a rag or sponge and lightly touch the piece to the rag? Base looks ok except I’d make the base slightly larger and more like a pyramid with all lengths being equal.

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Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 07-26-2010 12:23 AM

That is very attractive!I’d be interested to see how it started.

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#7 posted 07-26-2010 12:40 AM

Bleaching…sure. I think it will help with the look you are going for..

I think the base could be larger and more organic in shape. I don’t know about the hard surface against all of that texture? I would perhaps mock up a bunch of stuff to see if it improved the overall. Love the top- easy to see Ed’s influence and your direction with it!

Keep at it- I think you’ve got something there!

-- Steven

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#8 posted 07-26-2010 01:31 AM

Erwin, that might work, but the inspiration piece was totally sun bleached, so if I do bleach, it will be complete. The base is square, and truncated like a Mayan pyramid. I see that you’re in Jax…I’m in Ormond Beach.

Jordan, I glued up 2-8” wide planks, cut them to 16”, scribed and bandsawed a circle, mounted it on my lathe, which has a 16” swing at the gap, turned both sides, then cut the disk into segments to be carved. There’s more of the disk waiting to be carved.

Steven, I agree the base needs to be a bit larger, and I will probably put curves in the ridgelines instead of straight as is now. I like the juxtaposition of the smooth sided base vs the texture of the main focal point…I feel that it adds a certain amount of tension to the piece, something I like in my pieces.

Thanks to all for the much appreciated comments!

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

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#9 posted 07-26-2010 02:09 AM

You said ”As such, I would greatly appreciate all comments and criticisms.” Well here goes…That is really great and creative and I like it very much. As for the criticism …. there ain’t none…Can’t criticise something that cool.

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#10 posted 07-26-2010 03:04 AM

Thanks Greg!

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

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#11 posted 07-26-2010 12:34 PM

I have seen this over on the big person artist (ha ha) sites. I am still considering what to say. I think I enjoy it. I think it makes my brain hum. I’m still working on this..it is astounding.

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#12 posted 07-26-2010 01:23 PM

Hi Mick, glad you like it! Your brain humming reminds me of a line from the movie “The Gods Must be Crazy”, when the woman looks at the person next to her at the cafeteria table, and asks “does the noise in my head bother you?” I repeated that line to a friend one time, and he replied that “no, it is quite pleasant!”. Enjoy the hum!
Smiles,
Rick

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

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#13 posted 07-27-2010 01:27 AM

Ah, I get it now…for some reason i thought it was just apiece of worn driftwood that you mounted but after seeing you last project, i see that you made it look that way – duh – it’s super! It’s a beautiful piece of art – I’ve never seen anything like it. Where would it have needed turning?

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#14 posted 07-27-2010 02:16 AM

Hi Jordan. I always use my lathe in some part of a project…it creates that canvas for further work. In this case, the lathe created a shallow dish/disk that was further manipulated to come to this end. Sure, I could have completely carved it to get here, but I am a turner ya know. Thanks for looking and commenting!
Smiles,
Rick

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

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#15 posted 08-02-2010 05:55 PM

Just made Turning of the Week on The American Association of Woodturners homepage! Yep, you bet, I’m very honored!

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

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