Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Ornament 2008

This is the ornament that I made for my wife this year ~ created from a piece of box elder, it measures 3.5" across and 2.75" tall.  

Including the ribbon, it weighs 8.8 grams (or 3/10ths of an ounce).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

What a Wonderful Surprise...

December was my last meeting as President of the Mid-South Woodturner's Guild ~ and this is the Ambrosia Maple platter and stand that Dennis Paullus made for me.   THANK YOU!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Japanese Bowls, a Memphis Perspective

Text by Joan Kelly and video by Larry Sefton

Japanese Bowls, a Memphis Perspective is a project of the Mid-South Woodturners Guild. This endeavor is patterned after a similar collection of turnings, Japanese Bowls, A Western Perspective, by internationally recognized woodturning artists. In early 2007, the American Association of Woodturners was given several dozen roughed-turned rice bowls. These bowls were left over from a New York exhibition (which included a demonstration component) of traditional Japanese urushi ware, an art form that dates back 6,000 years. The artists were invited to take one of the rough bowls, which were essentially identical, and finish them in their own unique styles.

Dennis Paullus, a long time member of MSWG, undertook the effort to duplicate the rough turned traditional bowls like the Japanese produce. These rough bowls are turned from green wood and are approximately five inches tall and five inches in diameter. They are left about an inch thick to allow for warping of the wood as it dries. After a suitable drying period, guild members were invited to take one of the bowls and create the Memphis Perspective.

Our members bring a wide variety of experience to the lathe. The only requirement for guild membership is having an interest in woodturning. This show represents the efforts of people who turn “just for fun” and people who aspire to be gallery artists; people who have turned for a short while, and people who have turned for decades.

For more information about the Mid-South Woodturners Guild, please visit our web site at http://www.midsouthwoodturners.com/

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Plum Crazy

Titled Plum Crazy because if someone had told me that I would have made this bowl four years ago when I first stated woodturning I would have told them they were "Plum Crazy."
It is made from what I call road kill wood - Boxelder that I found at the side of the road waiting to go to the city mulch dump. The bowl was thin wall turned including the bottom. The images were branded into the wood and pierced. PC was completed by air brushing and top coating with a protective finish.

Plum Crazy won a blue ribbon at the Memphis 2008 Delta Fair and Music Festival.

Sunday, September 7, 2008