The following items I consider special either because they turned
out exceptionally well or they required me to push the
understanding of my hobby to its limits.
Each item includes a brief explanation.
(The most recent additions are at the bottom of the page.)
& Bass Open Form
I am particularly proud of this segmented open form, because I
completed not long after I began woodturning.
It remains one of my all-time favorites. It is made from mahogany and bass veneer.
The blank was cut apart four separate times and bass veneer
was glued between the cut pieces. It was then mounted on the lathe and turned, sanded and
finished with Minwax 209 and paste wax.
is owned by a collector in Montana.
with Raffia Bowl
I really enjoy working with Mesquite. It has wonderful color and figure and finishes well.
Unfortunately, Mesquite is not indigenous to the Gulf Coast
region of Texas where I live.
Large, old-growth Mesquite is plentiful, however, in
Central and West Texas and several woodturners in my club make
regular trips to purchase pickup truck-load quantities and then
resell it to club members.
This example includes a raffia wrap and is owned by a collector
with Natural Edge Large Bowl
Here is another Mesquite
piece. This is
an example of “natural edge” turning, where the original bark
surface of the wood is retained (to better understand the natural
edge process, click on
link, open the second item in the second row and look
at the middle sketch.) This
bowl was a real challenge to turn because of size of the blank (26
inches in diameter) and weight (about 80 pounds). This required the lathe to be operated at a slow speed, which
made the cutting process harder and longer.
Additionally, the natural edge (the pieces sticking out in
the picture) was uneven and difficult to judge in relation to my
knuckles—I got smacked several times (ouch).
This beautiful bowl is also
owned by a collector in Montana.
Oak "Hollow" Form
This is perhaps the most
unusual item I have turned. It
is made from a piece of oak that had been attacked by carpenter
ants—they devoured the inside of the tree and weakened it to the
point where it blew over in a windstorm.
To visualize layout of the piece in relation to the log,
link, and open the first item in the second row and
look at the sketch at the top of the page.
I found the piece of
wood at a landfill and saved it from becoming bark mulch! It is finished with multiple coats of old-fashioned shellac
and hand-rubbed to a semi-gloss luster.
I titled this piece “Life, Death and Rebirth” which
seemed fitting since the tree had lived, died and was reborn again
as a work of art.
It is in my personal permanent collection here in Texas.
Hickory Hollow Forms
Hickory, which is closely related to pecan, spalts beautifully.
(Learn more about spalting by clicking on this
hickory was given to me by a co-worker at Shell prior to my
retirement. He had to
remove the tree from his yard because it was growing too close to
his house—lucky me! I
put the wood on my back patio next to some other logs that I
suspected were in the early stages of spalting, exposed it to the
elements and let it weather.
I waited (patiently) for about 8 to 9 months and then cut
the end off one of the logs to check what was going on.
The spalting fungus was in “overdrive”—just what I
had hoped for.
pieces are owned by separate collectors here in Texas.
and Bradford Pear Platter
This raised platter is constructed out of two woods—Poplar on the top
and Bradford Pear on the bottom.
It also incorporates “pierce throughs” in the body to
allow light to flow through the piece.
A Texas collector, who has obtained several of my works, owns the piece.
Bowl with Four Veneers
This is my most challenging piece to date.
It is a very large pecan bowl that incorporates four
different varieties of veneer (walnut, mahogany, ebony and padauk).
The pattern of four veneers is repeated six times.
Painted hardwood dowels separate each section.
The pecan was acquired from a developer who had to remove
the tree during a raze/rebuild project.
It is regrettable that the tree had to be cut down, but I
am pleased that some of its wood will live on in the form of this
The piece, titled “Fusion,” is part of my personal
Pecan Hollow Form with Metal Leaf and Patina
This item is also made of pecan. You may have noticed that pecan looks significantly different
from one item to another. Its
coloration and texture depends on how quickly it is used after it
is cut. The sooner it
is rough-turned, the more stable is its color and texture.
Pecan that has spalted can still retain some color and
texture, or it can retain very little--as it has in this item.
With my current tools, this is about the deepest hollow
form I can produce. It
is finished with gold and silver metal leaf and copper and gold
The piece is titled "Athens."
Silver Leaf Maple Hollow Form
neighbor of mine cut a large limb off a Silver Leaf Maple
tree. Knowing that Maple that grows in this part of Texas
has a fondness for rapid spalting, I acquired several pieces.
Several coats of medium-thin Cynoacrilate glue serve as both surface
binder and finish for this relatively soft wood.
and Cocobolo with Raffia Vessel
acquired the Pecan used in this item from a member of my local
woodturning association. He is one of the more dedicated club
members and travels from Port Arthur, TX on a monthly basis to
participate in our Houston-area club meetings. He offered some
recently cut Pecan to any club member willing to drive to Port
Arthur to pick it up. I was the only one to take him up on his offer
and I loaded my Yukon XL full of this beautiful
This item was developed from one of the smaller pieces of wood I
obtained (a limb, really). Still awaiting development are
several large (24" diameter) pieces. I used Cocobolo to
suspend the vessel above its base.
item is entitled "T'Zi."
Carved and Dyed Hackberry Bowl
I've been fascinated by the work of Andi Wolfe and
this bowl pays homage to her. The bowl has been carved and
dyed and, for a small bowl, involved a lot of work, but the results
were worth the effort.
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