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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Just For Fun
One dozen wood baseballs
Detail photo 1
Detail photo 2
Monday, September 26, 2016
Front of platter
Back of platter
Inspired by a Pima Native American basket
(reminder - double click to supersize photos)
Detail photo of the rim
Outdoor photo - front of platter
Friday, August 26, 2016
Boxes for Beads of Courage
Double click photos to super-size
These four lidded boxes will be donated to
the Beads of Courage program
through the Mid-South Woodturner's Guild.
for bowl/box making information)
Each Quilted Maple segmented box measures
7.25 inches in diameter by 5.5 inches overall height.
The boxes from MSWG
will be donated to the
Beads of Courage program
Le Bonheur Hospital
here in Memphis.
For more information on Beads of Courage,
Friday, May 27, 2016
Published in American Woodturner
Multiaxis Tablet Stand
article has been published
in the June 2016 issue of American Woodturner.
(Vol. 31, no. 3 - Journal of the American Association of Woodturners)
And what an honor to have it published
in the issue celebrating AAW's 30th anniversary.
This is Julie's iPad resting against the top level of her prop stand.
This photo shows her iPad resting on one of the lower levels.
(overhead lighting can cause glare -
the multiaxis design allows for different screen angles)
These tablet stands were finished using
Annie Sloan chalk paint and clear wax.
Thank you AAW for sharing my article with your readers.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Seven More Baseballs
Four more maple baseballs nested in a persimmon bowl.
(the other three have already been gifted)
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Into the Void
Into the Void
Measures 10.5" wide x 7.75" tall
Circular opening approximately 4" in diameter
Oak with torched finish
(wood from one of our trees)
These are three of my maple baseballs.
(Yes, they are almost exactly regulation size)
A fourth baseball was shared during the MSWG's
annual Christmas/Holiday gift swap
and another one has gone home with our son.
I recently finished making several of these bowls.
Two have already been gifted.
Big Leaf Mahogany
8.5" diameter x 2" depth
Friday, June 19, 2015
Box elder hollow form with frayed wire finial
Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue chalk paint with dark wax finish
Diameter of hollow form at largest point is 10.5"
Overall height with finial is 19.5"
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Torched II - Essence
Turned from mystery wood
Lit on fire with a torch
Sealed with Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Detail of grain and edges
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Turned from an cypress log
that was given to me
by Dennis Paullus
The bowl was set on fire using a torch then waxed
using Annie Sloan's Dark Wax
Detail of rim and interior
Saturday, June 13, 2015
We'll Get Together Then
Kinetic form turned from maple
Finish includes pyrography, chalk paint, and wax
12.5" outside diameter
+/- 10" inside diameter
The name for this piece comes from
the lyrics of a much-loved Harry Chapin song,
Cat's in the Cradle
Yes, the piece rolls/rocks when nudged.
Yes, the strings vibrate whenever the piece is moved.
Yes, the piece becomes interactive when the ebony pieces
at the ends of the strings are touched.
Detail photo of pyrography designs.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
12" diameter x 12" tall
Made at John C. Campbell Folk School
May 3-9, 2015
Instructor - Kimbery Winkle
Poplar with milk paint finish
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Recent Bowl Finish
Large natural edge ash bowl
17" long x 15" wide x 6" deep
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Traditional Man in Maze design
1/8th inch beading
Monday, December 15, 2014
One of My Top 10 Favorite Greeting Cards Ever
(Artwork by Lee Fearnley)
Friday, November 21, 2014
Buckeye Burl (center)
Quilter's Special (far right)
Source for stainless steel stopper
Navajo Wedding Platter
photo will supersize if double-clicked
Cedar basket illusion platter
Reverse side bears same pattern
Here is some background on the tradition:
The basket is viewed as a map, through which the Navajo people chart their lives.
The central spot in the basket represents the sipapu,
where the Navajo people emerged from the prior world through a reed.
As the people emerged, all was white.
The inner coils of the basket are white to represent this lightness, or birth.
As you travel outward on the coils you begin to encounter more and more black.
The black represents darkness, struggle and pain; the darker side of life.
As you make your way through the darkness you eventually reach
the red bands, which represent marriage; the mixing of your blood
with your spouse and the creation of family.
The red is pure. During this time there is no darkness.
Traveling out of the familial bands you encounter more darkness,
however, the darkness is interspersed with white light.
The light represents increasing enlightenment,
which expands until you enter the all white banding of the outer rim.
This banding represents the spirit world, where there is no darkness.
The line from the center of the basket to the outer rim is there
to remind you that no matter how much darkness you encounter in your world,
there is always a pathway to the light.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Footed maple bowl.
13.5" diameter x 5.5" depth
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, crackle, and hand-rubbed clear wax finish
Exterior in Old Ochre and Aubusson Blue
Interior in Graphite
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Sisters in Motion
Short video showing the pair of mahogany bowls in motion.
See previous post for specifics on the two bowls.