|Project by Stonekettle||posted 08-26-2010 05:02 AM||2087 views||1 time favorited||33 comments|
This vase was turned from green Alaskan birch burl. The wood was fantastic, filled with birdseyes, swirl, color, and an astounding shimmering opalescence. The burl dictated the final shape of the piece. I wanted to emphasize the fantastic grain and figure. The base is North American walnut, which I think provides the perfect contrast. It’s finished by burnishing with wet wood chips, and then given a dozen coats of natural Danish Oil, followed by a mixture of hand rubbed orange oil and beeswax to bring up the shine. It’s 10” in diameter at the top of the bell.
I named the piece Jupiter because the swirling grain reminds me of the storm patterns visible in the gas giant’s atmosphere.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station