Curl (Koru) Bowl

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Project by peteg posted 07-13-2011 03:17 AM 2423 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of the Ethnic type pieces for a while.
It is trying to represent our Koru in a Pounamu material (greenstone), which was a favourite material with the Maori carvers, it is a slightly stylised / streched version been carved & stained with a “blotchy” green dye, I have added some doodle pyro work around it with some dark red dye to help the embelishment.
The bottom is just a bit of simple texture with a Paua dot.
The Koru is the Maori symbol for new life.
It give the appearance of having several cracks thru the piece, these are however gum / resin type streaks ( apart from the obvious hole in the bowl)
Timber is Native Rimu, the finish is a laquer spray cut back & mop finished, the size is 10” x 2” deep.
Any & all comments welcome

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#1 posted 07-13-2011 03:43 AM

very well done! Nice concept and combination of techniques!

-- John in GP

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#2 posted 07-13-2011 03:52 AM

Very nice! Can you still get Rimu? I had heard it was real hard to come by…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 03:56 AM

Thanks Guys,
Jim there is still a small amount felled under controlled selection, this was from a site next to my Daughters place out country, they applied for & got permission to fell a couple of trees to enable them to build

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 05:27 AM

Well done Pete!! I like the color and finish and shape. Very nice indeed!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 05:51 AM

Very intriguing, Pete, how is this wood to turn? I just picked up a load of Eucalyptus from southern Florida while I was there on vacation last week. I have never turned this wood before today and I will say that it is a joy to turn. Other turners who have turned this wood say that it is a very “moving” wood, it will twist and turn and curl every which way till it dries and then stabilizes. So far I have not noticed this happening. I turned a vase about 6” high and 5” diameter and the wall thickness is about 3/16” and thinner in some areas and thicker towards the bottom. I finished it this afternoon around 5 pm and so far it seems like it has not moved, time will tell. It is a very beautiful wood.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 06:07 AM

Real nice Pete, like the way you have worked the symbol and the colors together. Bit of a show piece there mate. Is thgis the dye you wee working on?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 06:36 AM

A very interesting design pattern, Pete, and use of the stone. Beautiful work!


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#8 posted 07-13-2011 10:31 AM

Erwin, it can be fantastic to work & it can be a @#$%^& “B” does require patience & can have some amasing figuring,
Bob, This is one of the dyes, this is a water based dye, today I was playing with spirit dyes, both are quite different to work.
Barbs, it aint stone it is my wooden version with dappled dyes.
Hey thanks for the feedback, this is the last of the Ethnic thing, I gota move on :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 10:57 AM

Just awesome Pete.

You do very nice work “mate.”

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 07-13-2011 01:12 PM

I love it,rimu is pretty but your touch with design and contrast makes the piece

-- jim nevada

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#11 posted 07-13-2011 02:10 PM

Hey Pete,
You have an eye for art, Sir.
Truly a magnificent piece. I just want to hold it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-13-2011 03:45 PM

Lovely work Pete. The finished piece really stands out.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#13 posted 07-13-2011 07:27 PM

that is dee-lux

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 07-13-2011 09:15 PM

Pete – this work isn really gorgeous – just wondering down in NZ have you run across Graeme Priddle?
I had the opportunity to take a class from him when he came stateside and worked on surface treatent of turnings at the Marc Adams School – nice guy who turns out some really neat projects.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#15 posted 07-14-2011 03:07 AM

Fantastic piece Pete. Love that wood & design.

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