Monday, March 12, 2012

Put a ring on it?

I had the day off today, the first weekday I've had off this year not due to illness (my own or my kid's). I spent most of it on the shop making 4 out of the 5 pieces seen here. These are the options for the support base for the 2 recent hollow forms.

Which do you prefer?

Option 1 - Box Elder Burl cup base. This is the piece in the upper left in the group photo.

Option 2 - square Box Elder Burl with natural edge. This is the top middle piece in the group photo.

Options 3 & 4 - Box Elder Burl solid wood rings. The 2 pieces on the right in the group photo.

Option 5 - Desert Ironwood solid wood ring. Bottom left in the group photo.

I also worked on this piece of Eucalyptus Burl. This piece was actually cored off the bottom of of a larger burl about a year ago. I've had it kicking around the shop since then.

I wanted to do something different with the base, what I came up with is a small integrated ring. I had some issues vacuum chucking it with all of the voids so the bottom isn't quite as nice as I'd like but I'm still pretty happy with it. Now I have to figure out how to best get oil into all of those voids.

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  1. Ironwood. the others look too much like the same piece. The Ironwood gives it a reason to have a round bottom, if that makes any sense.

    2. Soft bristle small paintbrush.

  2. I also like the ironwood due its contrast.

  3. I like the square piece. Geometric contrast as opposed to color contrast!