|Project by Brian Havens||posted 09-15-2011 07:07 PM||1403 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
I have been wanting to try my hand at some serious hollowing, so I broke down—broke open my piggy bank, that is—and bought one of those Jamieson tools. I made a series of six vases, in paris of three different species. These are the two made of Claro Walnut.
This Claro Walnut was from a local tree that I acquired, from a friend who had taken it down for safety reasons. (Local! How lucky I am to live in an exclusive area where Claro Walnut grows.)
The smaller vase is the second in the series of six vases, and the larger is the last of the series.
One thing I did learn while making vases for the first time is that the variety of shapes for a vase is somewhat limited, but when the shape of the vase is used to exploit the particular features of the piece of wood, the possibilities are much greater. In the case of these two pieces, for instance, although I am still pleased with the smaller vase, I find that the taller vase, being more slender and having the flat shoulder, lends itself to the variegations in the long grain of the Claro Walnut.
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com