This beauty is for a customer in Pittsburgh.
a wee little baby
This was my first ever attempt at a cup. It’s made from a hunk of ambrosia maple.
Here’s a commissioned bowl made of elm. I’m pleased with this one. The cracks add character.
I attempted a candy bowl with an inlaid rim of epoxy and nerds. The sugar reacted with the epoxy, foamed three inches high, and crsystallized. I tried to turn it off and ended up with this monstrosity.
This time I’m taking my time and sanding this lobster bisque bowl, Hoping also to do a French Polish with amber shellac.
This is/was (I think) a punky chunk of boxwood. This thing came flying off the chuck about 20 times. The tenon ran through a bit of spalted wood and cracked in half. It’s pretty, but it has all sorts of tear out and I couldn’t get deep enough or thin enough to make a go of it.
This was the first time i have ever turned purpleheart. It’s also the first time I’ve used a glue block. Both seemed to work out nicely for this pleasant little bowl.
I used my home brew paste wax and concoction of friction polish (33% boiled linseed, 33% off the shelf shellac, 33% denatured alcohol).
I finally broke down and purchased a midi lathe for home. Here’s my setup. It’s pretty awesome!
Reilly’s Strange Woodworks had its first sale!
Mason Jar on a reclaimed wood base
Why does this wood grain remind me of salmon sushi?
This scared the crap out of me. I was working on a hollow form from a big chunk of elm and all of a sudden —-BOOM!!! — it exploded on the lathe. I had a giant catch on the inside of the bowl and everything went flying. Determined not to waste it, I cracked the bowl a little more by smacking it with my gouge. I then sanded it off the lathe by hand for hours followed by finishing w/ Danish Oil. The result? This conceptual bowl/plate whatever you want to call it.
The starry nightlight design is pretty much nailed down at this point.