|Project by spinter||posted 07-29-2011 04:18 AM||807 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This design was copied from an oriental ceramic piece that I saw on display in a restaurant. This piece is 36 inches tall and 14 inches in diameter. The walls are 1/8 of an inch thick which means that the piece is not very heavy. I turned this piece using a captured boring bar equipped with a laser pointer to gauge the wall thickness. It was turned on ay Oneway 24-36 wood lathe. This is a single piece of wood.
The original large chunk of wood was a stump that I purchased from a logger. The stump was unusual in that it had a lot of large buttress projections on it. The buttresses are those pieces that arch out near the ground to give the tree extra strength where it transitions from the stem into the root system. I was hoping that this buttressed wood would be heavily figured. I gave the logger twenty dollars to cut the stump and load for me. As you can see, the figuring just wasn’t there. The void that you see with the sapwood around it is the result of the deepest of the buttress folds. I tried to keep the bark in the void. However, the thin piece of bark disintegrated when it was spun out during the hollowing process. The piece is finished with Formby’s Polymerized Tung Oil.
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