|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 252 days ago||465 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
The manzanita madness saga continues – Introducing Bowl #3 … a non-stabilized chunk of red, orange, white, and yellow that has already begun to flex into an oblong state. Cracking and creaking quite a bit along the way.
I thought about adding epoxy inclusions in this, but the exterior took on such a cool rippled texture it would have been painful to me to remove that when it came time to turn, sand, and polish the epoxy. So I left it as is – its hard to see in the photos but as manzanita dries it becomes uneven and rippled or vein like striations appear on the surface. Some like the legs of a glass of wine, others like the veins in a leaf.
This is as thin as it gets down to 1/16th inch in certain areas so it was either stop or burn through. A nice crack appeared in that thin section so there’s a void giving it some additional character now.
This is some fun stuff to play with, it was very wet when I started and you get a bath when the water releases. Don’t let it dry to far though – as soon as this stuff is fully dried it is rock hard.
The color and texture and grain – all in every chunk of manzanita we turn is just amazingly intricate and individual. We’ll keep trying to find two the same, but I’m thinking this is a loosing hypothesis!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com