Another Wormy Ash Hollowform

Wormy Ash, 7.5″ diameter, 4.5″ tall.

This piece has a nice bark inclusion running up the side. I might have left that alone, except that several other cracks developed during drying.

So I fixed those cracks with Wenge pewas (butterfly inserts) and also bridged the bark inclusion so it would look more complete.

The wood has lots of worm holes – these were quite a bit of trouble. The worms leave the holes filled with packed sawdust, which I like to clean out. That makes for a lot of detail work with dental tools and compressed air..

Walnut Hollow Form

This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 6-1/2″ around and 5″ tall.

Turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides.

The stress around the pith usually leads to cracking. After it sat for a while and developed some cracks, I repaired them with Maple Pewa patches

There is a void in the side, where the tree grew around its own bark, likely due to some damage or a broken branch.

Walnut Hollow Form

This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 7″ around and 4″ tall.

It was turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides of the form. There is a lot of stress around the pith, and it usually leads to cracking.

After it sat for a while, it did crack. I repaired those cracks with Pewa (butterfly) patches and Huini pegs, both made of Maple.

On one side of the form, there is a place where it appears a branch had broken off and the tree grew around it.

Burned and Dyed Ash

These ash hollowforms were burned with a torch. The torch charred the early wood (large pores) before burning the late wood (more solid places). I then used red dye to color them.

Floating Hot Air Balloon

I made a hot air balloon that floats!

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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.

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I put strong magnets in the basket and the base, and that’s what makes it float.

Hollow forms

I’ve been enjoying making hollow forms recently.  This is just a sampling of some of the recent ones.

Beetle-Kill Pine:

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Maple, with a bit of spalting on the top:

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Aspen:

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Cottonwood:

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Another cottonwood form.  I like how layering various colors of dye brings out the figure in cottonwood.IMG_4783.jpg

Aspen hollowform

This hollowform really shows off some nice Aspen grain figure.

DSC012255″ diameter, 5.25″ tall, with about a 1″ opening.

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$55 – Sold

Small Aspen Hollowform

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.

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Not for Sale