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’ve been enjoying making hollow forms recently. This is just a sampling of some of the recent ones.
Maple, with a bit of spalting on the top:
Another cottonwood form. I like how layering various colors of dye brings out the figure in cottonwood.
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 10.75″ x 3″
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 been huge, as there is hardly any curvature to the growth rings at all.
The platter measures about 12″ x 2″.
Maple with a bit of “ambrosia” (bug staining). Lichtenberg fractal patterns make this a Tesla Platter.
The platter is 12″ diameter.