Tuesday, November 8, 2016

More Boxes for Beads of Courage



Five more lidded boxes for 
the Mid-South Woodturners Guild
Beads of Courage donation project.





The lids are reversible.





I created these as part of my
demonstration on segmented boxes
presented during MSWG's Oktoberfest 2016.




You can view the You Tube video 
from that presentation 




Side view of finished boxes.




View of floating box bottom.


You can read more about the
Beads of Courage program HERE.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Just For Fun



One dozen wood baseballs




Detail photo 1




Detail photo 2

Monday, September 26, 2016

New Discovery


Front of platter


New Discovery

13.5" diameter


Back of platter


Hard Maple

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.

(CLICK HERE 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
here in Memphis.

For more information on Beads of Courage,
please CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Published in American Woodturner



My 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


Front

Into the Void

Measures 10.5" wide x 7.75" tall

Circular opening approximately 4" in diameter


Reverse side


Oak with torched finish

(wood from one of our trees)




Baseballs



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.



New Bowls



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

Athens



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

6" diameter

2.5" depth




Lit on fire with a torch

Sealed with Annie Sloan Dark Wax




Detail of grain and edges

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Torched I





Torched I

Turned from an cypress log 
that was given to me 
by Dennis Paullus

8.5" diameter

2.5" depth



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

2" thick 




The name for this piece comes from
the lyrics of a much-loved Harry Chapin song,




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

Three-Legged Stool



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

Latest Platter

Front

Traditional Man in Maze design

1/8th inch beading

Back

Maple

10" diameter

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bottle Stoppers



Maple burl

Buckeye Burl (center)

Quilter's Special (far right)



Top view



Navajo Wedding Platter

photo will supersize if double-clicked


Cedar basket illusion platter

15" diameter

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

Big Blue



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




Simply gorgeous!