Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Large spalted maple bowl

Spalted maple is often very beautiful. The trick is to show it off to best advantage. The spalting in this particular piece of wood made that easy! 5.75"H x 10"D.

Inside-Out Ornaments and Vase

I made these for this month's "challenge" at our woodturners' group. The ornaments are maple (4.5"H x 1.5"D) and walnut (5.5"H x 2.5"D). The vase is also walnut (7.5"H x 2.5"D). The flowers are dried daisies. But how do you create the open space inside the objects? The title gives a hint - sort of.

Segmented vase

This vase or urn is composed of six rings, each containing twelve identical segments, plus a disk for the foot - 73 pieces of wood altogether! The woods from the top down are padauk, maple, cherry, maple, walnut, maple and cherry. It measures 6"H x 4.5"D. The small pieces comprising a ring are cut on a "sled" on my table saw so that each piece in the ring is of identical size and all pieces are cut at exactly a 15 degree angle at both ends. The pieces are then glued together to form the ring, and the rings are then glued together to form the rough shape to be turned. Then the vase is turned, inside and out. (There are a couple of tricks along the way....)