|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 04-12-2013 12:14 AM||2056 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Manzanita Burl (Root Ball) Bowl #5 … we posted #1 and #2 first … more are pending soon the numbering scheme is helping us track all these turnings through their progress.
This particular bowl is stabilized with West System Epoxy mixed with bronze powder and blue pigment. It ended up turning black, but its supposed to be like a navy blue.
We cleaned out the voids as best as possible turned the basic initial shape of the vessel then cast in the epoxy. We’re not going to reveal everything about this process just yet, it’s not super secrete but we have a few unique tricks up our sleeves.
Manzanita burl (root balls) are a California scrub tree – unique in all sorts of aspects. If you flip through my previously posted projects there is more information about them and if you look back through my newsletters posted in my blog entries you’ll find more about the tree.
This combination of natural red, orange, yellow, and browns/blacks with stark inclusions of nearly white wood develops into an amazing contrast. Adding the epoxy and properly (we are still learning!) mixing the ratios creates a depth and grain or vein effect.
This bowl was sealed completely in West System then finished in Waterlox marine sealer.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com