Archive for the ‘Wood’ Category

Creative Gambit – a risky show!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

I’m working alongside Liz Kettle (textiles) and Jennifer Hanson (pottery) to present a show of new work in Manitou’s Commonwheel Gallery in July.  Although most of fine craft is just plain hard work, sometimes it needs a playful start to find new directions.

Creative Gambit will have risk-taking moves by each of us individually, as well as three assemblies combining our work.   For three artists who work in primarily functional mode, these collaborations are a distinct departure.

‘Tea for 3’ will be a still life vignette inspired by Alice in Wonderland.   The stack of cups is turned off-center in two sections; the handles are bent spoons.  Liz is making a fabric vase, and Jennifer has crafted a whimsical teapot.     We realized early on that in a gallery, we should do gallery things.  The still life painting is a popular genre, but we can go behind the scenes to make our own subject matter.  That is one of the powers of fine craftwork!

 

 

Hang Yer Hat

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

  I have quite a set of caps, so I have been thinking about ways to store them.  These two products were inspired by the sketches I have been doing for the ‘Creative Gambit’ show in July.   Both of them are turned from some 6 x 6″ recycled redwood posts.

The pawn is a nice table-top stand from a classic shape in chess.

The hall tree is built like a totem – small turned sections on a central 2″ plastic pipe.  I have always wanted to make larger spindle turnings, but I have a short-bed Vicmark lathe.   The totem design is a great solution.  The sections can be rearranged, too.  This totem includes finishes with charring and black milk paint, painted faux beadwork, metal reactive paints, and one bead that is upholstered with a batik fabric.

I have always been interested in products on the cusp between treen and furniture.  Here are two!

Canteens at Boulder Street Gallery

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

An assortment of canteens – wood or ceramic, torus-shaped or round – now at Boulder Street Gallery (through March).

The ceramic torus canteens commemorate the ‘pilgrim flask’ which was a traditional pottery product.  There are several also turned from wood, just to explore this form in a different medium.

Most of them here are 2-axis turned canteens with at least one medallion to cover the hole used to hollow it out.  There is one medallion turned from pewter, and several others with wood medallions turned, textured, with color, gilders’ paste, or pyrography.  Two of them are ‘faux’ canteens with beer-bottle openers on one side.

Wooden canteens are one of the projects that Dennis often demonstrates for other woodturners.  His website has more photos and instructions – dennisliggett.com

Milkpaint madness

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

‘Earthenware’ uses carved cross-hatching through layers of milk paint, which are also sanded back.  About 9″ diameter.

The center medallion is turned on the offset axis, but moves visually back to the center!  It seems that the effect of the offset bowl is obscured by creating a center for it.   Won’t do that again…..

Milkpaint is subtle.  I find it very difficult to photograph the actual appearance of these platters. 

‘Mums’ uses deeper carving in order to fit the scale of this 18″ platter blank.  The mums are sanded back to the original red underpainting so that the edges of the petals emerge.    Sunflower milk paint provided a deep layer over the whiter paint, which was textured with deeply textured paper while it was wet.  It has a little more of a silk brocade feeling.  A thin wash of sparkly gold covers the entire platter.

Just for fun!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Did the Vikings build snowmen?

Here’s my answer made from Colorado aspen.  6″ tall

Merryl Saylan in my life!

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Merryl has been using milk paint on platters and fruit for most of her career as a woodturner.  Even when other turners became more and more flamboyant, she stayed with her restrained shapes and quiet colors.   She is best known among symposium attendees for her use of milk paint finishes.   In November, the Center for Art in Wood will present a retrospective of her work.

In honor of Merryl, I ventured into some unknown dimensions.

I haven’t made platters this large (13″ diameter) before, so scaling up the surface design to the bigger surface area was challenging for me.  I also wanted to explore ways of using milk paint as a finish.   I chose to layer 5 colors of milk paint in a very free way, with big brushes, while the layers were still wet.  I had burned and carved some areas of texture before painting.  Often, sanding back through the layers works well.  This time, however, I wanted to stay with manipulating the texture of the wet paint, by lifting off some of it.  I liked that effect well enough to forego sanding back through the layers.

Polishing up for the Studio Tour

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

 

 

These turned pears responded well to a bit of Goldfinger enhancement.

Wooden fruit is a very traditional product of the turning shops in England.  It provides a wonderful pallet for me to collect samples of finishes that I use.

Pipe Dreams

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

 

 

 

 

Tubes of dubious origin and doubtful usefulness!

Aspen cut in the face grain orientation on the lathe.  This orientation does not present aspen to its best advantage, so there is a good opportunity for fun with texture and color.

To 9″ tall

Inspired by my collection of Richard Raffan wooden tubes, which I use all the time

 

 

 

Viking Sunset tap handle

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Our friend and teacher, Nick Agar (turningintoart.com), is now selling a kit of supplies to make his signature style of Viking sunset bowls.

I have used the colors and metallic finish on this tap handle for that bartender who likes a full-bodied beer in the swashbuckling Viking style.  Yes, I know, they drank mead, but I think it must be a somewhat heavy version of a honey wheat lager….

When a box is not a cube

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

When a woodturner speaks of a box, she means a small cylindrical lidded form with a tight-fitting lid.  For this series, I use buttons as knobs.

The box on the left is in the style of Warren MacKenzie’s boxes, with two (clay) buttons to line up the lid with the base.  His, however, are thwacked into five-sided boxes.  I could do something similar with the sander, just not this time.

All of the button boxes will include an assortment of buttons when I get ready to sell them.

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