|Project by Brian Havens||posted 09-16-2011 05:40 PM||2032 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
These are the first and fifth vases in my series of six that I made to get the hang of hollowing with my new tool. The wood used for these two vases came from a some beautiful stock of Callery Pear that I have from locally felled trees. Callery Pear is quite beautiful (in my not so humble opinion). I am lucky that such beautiful wood is readily available to me, since it is a popular ornamental for its beautiful blossoms, but it does not live a really long time, often blowing over in storms. Pear also gets a variety of distinctive forms of spalting.
The smaller vase is the first vase I made with the new hollowing system, and as such, least uses the form to exploit the features of the wood. It is also the first time I used powdered brass, as an alternative to my usual black stone powder, to fill cracks. I am pleased with the brass fill.
The larger vase perhaps is the best of the set of six vases, when it comes to using the form to exploit the features of the wood. This piece of wood I had thought to be hopeless, and I was tempted to relegate it to the firewood pile on several occasions. The large corner of the bark ended up forming the neat natrual edge on the side of the rim, which fades into a brass filled crack. That is my favorite feature. For sure this was a difficult piece of wood to turn, with the deep cracks; but I think it was worth the effort.
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com