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Latest Work
    For those of you who have visited my site previously, I created this page to display samples of my latest work so that you don't have to rummage around in each gallery category to see what's new.  The items displayed here eventually will be integrated into the other galleries and new items will replace them.

    The newest items are at the top of this page.   

    Carved and Dyed Pecan Bowl
    I traced an Oak leaf pattern on this thin bowl and then used a micro die grinder to achieve the "leaf" effect.  I then used Prismamarkers to color the leaves.  Finally, I sprayed it using General Finishes' Polyurethane & Acrylic Blend finish.  It is 8-1/2" wide and 4" high.
  • Mesquite Veneered Sweetgum Vase
    This is a design that I have been thinking about for a long time, but just recently got around to executing.  I turned the Sweetgum vase a couple of years ago, but never finished it.  Some time prior, I had veneered the end cuts from a colorful piece of Mesquite that was used to create this bowl.  I finally cut the veneer into small pieces and laid them out on a grid created on the surface of the vase.  The Mesquite veneer was glued using CA glue and finished with Krylon Matte finish.  The inside of the vase is finished with black Gesso paint and Krylon Matte finish.
  • Carved and Dyed Pecan Bowl
    Unfortunately, this picture does not do this piece justice.  Recently, I've been using a digital camera (Canon EOS 350D) in lieu of my old, but highly reliable, Canon EOS 650, a film camera.  With the film camera, I can bracket an object with three shots and guarantee perfect results.  With the new digital camera, I'm still learning how to achieve that level of shown by this picture and the two immediately below.  This Pecan bowl has been carved and dyed.   It looks better "in person" than this picture--really!  


    Pecan and Walnut Bowl

    Here are two views of a recently completed Pecan and Walnut bowl.  This large bowl (15W x 6"H) incorporates a segmented Walnut rim and solid Walnut foot.  It's finished with Waterlox.


    Sweetgum Bowl with a Rolled Rim
    This is a piece of Sweetgum I acquired a little over 12 months before I finalized the bowl.  I allowed the wood to spalt (age), rough-turned it and then let it dry completely before turning it to final dimension.  The bowl is approximately 15"W by 6"H (I forgot to measure it before I gave it away).

    Sweetgum Vase with Blackened Interior
    This piece of Sweetgum came from a neighbor's tree.  I turned it to final dimension shortly after the wood was cut.  The pith ran through the long axis of the piece, thus it didn't warp at all.  I finished the exterior with Waterlox and the interior with black acrylic gesso.   


    Spalted Sweetgum Bowl with Blackened Rim


    Sweetgum can be a rather uninteresting wood unless it possesses some natural color, like the piece immediately above.  Most of the time, Sweetgum is a "blah" white and I prefer to let the wood spalt to achieve a more desired look.  The trick with Sweetgum is to catch the spalting process before the wood gets "punky."  I was able to do that with this piece and it turned out quite well (if I say so myself!)


    Spalted Pecan Bowl
    Pecan, which is my favorite wood, spalts nicely too and is more forgiving when selecting when to use the wood during the spalting process.  This piece spalted for about seven months, but I could have used the wood any where between six months (less spalting) and nine months (more spalting).


    Naturl Edge Bowl of Unknown Wood


    I recently attended a local woodturning retreat and took a class on natural edge bowls.  I've turned them before, but I wanted to refresh my abilities.  The instructor supplied the wood and I failed to write down what kind of wood it was, so I'm at a loss to share that knowledge with you.

    The toughest thing about turning natural edge bowls is balancing the piece so that the two lower sides are even and getting the bark to stay on (CA glue help the latter problem).


    Spalted Pecan Bowl with Blackened Rim


    Here's another spalted Pecan bowl, this one with a blackened rim.  I used Waterlox as a finish and India Ink on the rim.


    Spalted Pecan Vase
    Another piece of spalted pecan, this one from a limb.

    To learn more about spalting, click here:  spalting

    Spalted Pecan Hollow Form
    This is vase is hollow.  To access the interior, I cut a small section off the neck, hollowed out the inside, then glued the neck piece back on and finished the turning.


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