I was inspired by a clip from this video by Sam Angelo and made a nativity set for the family. I happened to have a bowl that I’d gone too thin on the bottom, so I could cut it to made the manger.
I did a demo for Rocky Mountain Woodturners in November, showing how to make a bunch of christmas tree ornaments. The club made a video. After that demo, I finished making all three rings, and cut out 172 trees, and strung twine on each one. I participated in a holiday art show the next … Continue reading Another Forest
I made a hot air balloon that floats! The balloon is a cottonwood hollowform, colored with dyes. The basket is black palm wood. The base is also colored cottonwood. The base supports a vertical pole, and the balloon has a tube running through its middle. The balloon just slides onto the pole. I … Continue reading Floating Hot Air Balloon
I’ve been enjoying making hollow forms recently. This is just a sampling of some of the recent ones. Beetle-Kill Pine: Maple, with a bit of spalting on the top: Aspen: Cottonwood: Another cottonwood form. I like how layering various colors of dye brings out the figure in cottonwood.
These are great examples of why I love to turn cottonwood. The figure is just fantasitc. The larger bowl is about 11″ diameter. This smaller one is about 4″.
I made a large (about 16″ diameter) walnut bowl as a wedding gift for my son.
The worms really had a field-day in this Maple tree. They bored lots of holes. I like the patterns they left in the wood. I think this bowl shows off both the beauty of the wood and gives a glimpse into the lives of creatures that lived in the tree. The bowl measures about … Continue reading Wormy Maple Bowl
I acquired a very nice piece of Maple. I was happy that the platter I turned was able to show off this beautiful wood. There is some beautiful quilting figure, a lighter band on one edge – I think this is from the sapwood, but it is really hard to tell. This tree must have … Continue reading Maple Platter
We needed some small items to donate to a fundraiser holiday craft sale. So I made a bunch of trees. I ended up making two sets, and ended up with around 90 little trees (about 2″ tall).
I burned Lichtenberg patterns in table legs for a local restaurant. Early-summer 2017 I heard about someone who had hurt herself doing this. Just the way I heard about it, from several different people within a couple of days, I decided I would volunteer to help. She was on the third table (of about 20 … Continue reading Tesla Tables
This bowl is about 6.5″ x 1.75″ and is a great example of the red “flame” staining that can occur in Box Elder. There are several ideas about what causes the flame stain – maybe a fungus, maybe a bug, or maybe just some physical stress that the tree endured. In any case, it is … Continue reading Flame Box Elder Bowl
Here are several platters made from Ambrosia Maple and decorated with Lichenberg patterns around the rim. Ambrosia Maple is not a species, but rather a regular Maple that has been infested with an Ambrosia Beetle. The beetle stains the wood and leaves little holes where it bored thru the wood. 12″ x 1.5″- $80 … Continue reading Ambrosia Maple Tesla Platters
Shallow bowl of Box Elder, 10.5″ x 2″, Licthenberg figure aournd the outside. Box Elder is known for having a firey red flame pattern in some woods. It is thought to be due to some sort of stress that causes the wood to change color. This piece only has the tiniest little bit of flame … Continue reading Box Elder Tesla Bowl
This goblet’s bowl is a burl of Black Ash, about 3.75″ diameter. The stem is Walnut. The base is from the same piece of ash as the bowl. The goblet is about 7″ tall. $125 Sold
This goblet’s bowl is a burl of Black Ash, about 3.75″ diameter. The stem is Ebony. The goblet is about 7″ tall.
This hollowform really shows off some nice Aspen grain figure. 5″ diameter, 5.25″ tall, with about a 1″ opening. $55 – Sold
This is a small hollowform – just 2.5″ diameter and 3″ tall. It is Aspen, with a cap (attached, not a lid) of ebonized Walnut. Not for Sale
I just love the figure that you sometimes find in Cottonwood. I decided to use some dye on this piece to bring out that figure. The result has hints of green, yellow, blue and red, and really highlights the figure in the grain on one half of this bowl. The bowl is 12″ diameter and … Continue reading Crazy Color Cottonwood Bowl
My son is a bagpiper and homebrewer. He wanted a pair of tap handles for his keggerator to match his bagpipe drones. So we made some. He wanted 2 for himself and one for a friend, and we made one extra – just in case. Since all 4 worked out, I got to keep one … Continue reading Bagpipe Drone Tap Handles
Maple with a bit of “ambrosia” (bug staining). Lichtenberg fractal patterns make this a Tesla Platter. The platter is 12″ diameter. $80 Sold
Bowl from native Colorado Cottonwood. Lichtenberg fractal patterns burned around the rim. The bowl is 10 1/2″ diameter. This tree was rescued from a tree-trimer’s “free firewood” pile. $75 Sold
Shallow Aspen bowl or dish, 10″ diameter. Sold
Walnut bowl, about 11″ diameter, with Lichtenberg fractal patterns. Also features a natural bark inclusion along the rim (a defect in the original tree).
Three Aspen bowls with Lichtenberg patterns burned around the side. Largest bowl is about 6″, the other two are 5″. All have sold – $25
A shallow Walnut bowl with Lichtenberg patterns burned around the open flared rim. The rim also features a natural bark inclusion from the original tree. The bowl is about 11″ diameter.