|Project by Schwieb||posted 11-04-2013 12:53 AM||817 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Oh how easy it is to get distracted from what we set out to do. I really need to clean-up the shop and garage and prepare for an event that my wife and I are hosting on Nov. 23. It’s a big deal for my wife and inevitably people wander around and check out Ken’s workshop. I just wouldn’t do to have a messy shop. Hopefully some will even buy something for themselves or a gift. We do have a little store we are trying to develop. Anyway, sweeping and putting things away is one thing, but there are stacks and piles of wood collected for turning that are piled everywhere and I was trying to sort through them and cut them down into blanks for pens, pepper mills, bowls, whatever, to get them off the floor. I had this piece of spalted sycamore that just called to me. I almost threw it in bin to be burned but I just couldn’t do it. There had to be something I could make out of it.
My LJ friend Mads happened to friend me on Facebook recently and I know he has been without a shop. I wondered, What would Mads do?” I don’t know if he has a lathe, but I know he loves a nice piece of wood. It was an odd slice of sycamore about 18” x 16” and about 3 1/2” thick that I collected from a big tree that had to come down in my hometown. I have a bunch more of it hopefully spalting right now. I wondered if I could make a platter out of this piece and just had to start right away, forget cleaning the shop, you know?. This is like 6:30 AM Saturday. I love turning, especially since I got my Robust American Beauty. I played around with this piece for several hours and came up with this natural edge dish. I try to listen to what the piece of wood tells me it wants to be, you know? I wanted to make the most of the piece of wood and this is what it told me.
The wood was very dry, and I was able to turn it down to about 3/16”. I tried a variation on the typical natural edge bowls I have seen and turned myself and flared the upper edges out. Maintaining the thickness and natural edge was a bit challenging, but fun to do. I realized that it was partly the larger diameter of the piece of wood that allowed me to do that.
I finished it with numerous coats of rattle can lacquer, lots of sanding, and buffing with 000 steel wool. The finished dimensions are 16” tip to tip and about 3” deep. By the way the last picture is courtesy of my wife and her new Epilog laser engraver.
This one is for you Mads.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.