|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 11-19-2013 09:37 PM||1771 views||1 time favorited||36 comments|
I have seen manta ray bowls but thought it would be fun to make something different so I pulled some pictures of the sting rays we saw at Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman. The last picture is the model for my bowl!
It is walnut with an insert of red cedar that served as the center of the bowl and the 3 legged base. I got my share of practicing carving on this project. The 5th photo is how I turned it to start and then the cutting off of the top and bottom rings was hairy. I broke the upper fin 3 times from cutting and power carving but managed to save it and the break is pretty well hidden. Thank God for epoxy!!!
It finished up at 8” diameter and 4 1/2” high. The lid has a brass orientation pin and bushing to keep the lid positioned correctly. The eyes were supposed to be ebony and ivory and I have some that I bough in Ohio at the Warther museum. I put it away in a safe place and I still cannot find it!!!!! So I had to improvise and these eyes are black and white Corian.
It is finished with satin lacquer.
What do you think I should call him? He needs a name!! I was thinking of Steve to remember Steve Irwin!!
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!