|Project by Brian Havens||posted 06-04-2012 09:16 PM||1758 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
This year, I cannot travel to Billings, so I decided to make something here in my San Jose (California) shop and send it to the auction in Billings.
I chose this piece because its form reminds me of the rustic, artisan simplicity of Billings, but the choice of Eucalyptus (although not native) is distinctly Californian.
Although not so much fun to turn, Eucalyptus has a distinctive color, texture, and beauty that makes it worth the hassle. It is subject to all the usual figuring (curly, crotch, etc.) but also has certain figure that I have only encountered in Eucalyptus. (I believe some of this figure to be remnants of long shed juvenile branches from when the tree was small.)
The style of the bowl is one of the (two) ways that I have figured out, to take advantage of the small amount of feather figure in relatively small pieces of crotch. The technique I used to make the wings, I learned from watching Stuart Batty make one of his “square bowls”. And just like Stuart’s bowls, the slightly curved edges on the wings are made wit a straight cut:
The wings have to be done to completion a little at a time; there is no going back:
Using the tool rest as a reference to cut straight:
Style: Crotch-Winged Bowl
Wood: Silver Dollar Eucalyptus (a.k.a Redbox Gum)
Finish: Boiled Linseed Oil + Beall Buff
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com