|Project by phillip butler||posted 11-01-2012 12:29 AM||936 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
thoroughly enjoy the time spent trying to imagine, then design, and produce these. The lathe skills required are a real challenge, as is the careful use of the table saw (watch your fingers). The math involved which determines the size, shape and angles of the segments is also challenging for a left-brained musician with little prior experience. Overall a great outlet for creative impulses for those who love woodworking.
Most of these works contain 100 + individual pieces requiring lots of glueups, shaping, and sanding-sanding-sanding. trying various finishes-tung oil, varnish, turners oils, food safe types, walnut and watco brand all seem ok -but choices are made depending on the types of wood and purpose of the piece.
for styling I like to use maple (or birch ) for lighter colors and contrast it with walnut, red oak, bubinga, or paduak accents.
The attraction of the artform for me is threefold: 1. Unlimited design options; 2. physical and mental dexterity required and,3. hours of fun in a workshop uninterrupted by outside BS
-- phil, nevada