Eye Wall - Reclaimed Ike Wood Bowl
Bowl is in Ike downed Pecan wood. Bowl in a bowl to respresent the shape of the storm.
Torched, textured and finished with poly.
Size: 7.5 w by 3 h
Hollow Tallow - Hollow Form
Turned from a Chinese Tallow tree that I finally got around to taking down. The tree was damaged during Ike and when it came down during the storm it took out my garden shed. I took a special delight in cutting it up for bowls and such. :)
This is the first object made from this tree. It had especially bland, plain grain, so I textured it and punched up the grain with the torch.
It is end grain, hollowed to a .25 inch wall thickness, 8.5 inches high by 5.75 inches at the widest, the foot is 1.25 inches wide.
SOLD Private Collection
Eye of The Storm - Large Wall Hanging
From my 'Gifts From Ike' series. When I was discussing turning, specifically my fear of turning something large on the lathe with a couple of guys in my club ,<cough> Larry Zarra, Jerry Bennett </cough> - they suggested that I just get over it and DO IT. LOL - this is the result.
Largest thing I have turned to date - piece is spalted Pecan-create, about 26 inches in diameter. It has been turned , carved and burnt. Left some of the bark on it - burnt that too, wanted a primal rustic look to it.
SOLD Permanent Collection: Galveston Historical Foundation
Bee-friended - Collaboration
Two of the Artists in Residence currently at HCCC are leaving at the end of the year. We have become friends and wanted to commemorate our time at the center together. What you see here is the result of this desire.
I green-wood turned and hollowed the hives from a much loved Sycamore tree, the wood generously donated to me by our Executive Director, Julie Farr. Fiber / Felt Artist - Barbara Kile made the felt bees. Fiber Artist - Lynn Williams made the silk wings. The felt bees stick to the texture on the hives like velcro.
We will each keep one of these as a reminder of our time together and of all the 'cross- pollination' that went on. At least on my end, I gained a great deal of knowledge and respect for other craft disciplines thanxs to these two cool women.
size: ~ 4 inches tall
Hope Compassion Heroism - side view
Hope Compassion Heroism - side view
Hope Compassion Heroism - Top view
This piece is inspired by and dedicated to all the first responders that worked during Hurricane Ike.
The wood is storm downed Oak that was given to me to commission a bowl for the tree's owners, this piece was made from the other half of the log.
The 'nest' has been textured, ebonized, torched, covered at various times with metallic paints, torched again, covered with black gesso, wiped off, and finally sprayed with gloss poly. In other words, if I had to repeat this finish exactly, I doubt I could manage to do so.
The 'eggs' are covered with copper, silver and gold leaf.
6 inches in diameter
Humor Set - Having a little fun
Two smaller works in Palm (with small maple insert in the one).
The left piece is called "Is it Safe Yet?"
The one laying down is entitled 'FEMA Trailer'
8 h x ~ 2.5 w
Palm Urn - Urn shaped Palm vessel
The last of the Palm vessels. I really wish that I had made off with more of this material. It is interesting to work.
Palm Cylinder - Basket shaped textural work
Another vessel of Palm tree. Was looking for a simple basket shape to showcase the texture.
Hive - detail - Bottom of hive pencil holder
Detail of the hive pencil holder. Textured and charred, tung oil finish.
Thin - detail - Inside of thin
Showing small pith cracks, filled with CA glue.
Bee Hive - Pencil holder
Good news , bad news story here...
This one was inspired by a small scouting party of bees that were exploring (likely hiving off from an existing hive) the eaves of our home several days before the storm. I called several bee keepers in the area to see what could be done. I was told that bees only live in the 'best' of houses and that they would have to feel safe to build a nest in our house. Well, the bees left later the next day. So... the good news is we did not have to call the bee guy back to get a bunch of bees out of the wall, the bad news is - well - the bees totally dissed us... Our home apparently didn't meet their standards. :(
Sycamore, hollowed, textured, Tung oil finish.
4.24 h x 4.5 w
SOLD - In the Collection of Julie Farr.
Distortion - Side grain Sycamore Bowls
A pair of turned, textured, and charred side grain bowls. They were turned wet and then microwaved to increase the distortion created in the drying process. This only works when the bowls are turned thin. Large objects turned wet will usually develop large cracks.
~ 2.5 h x ~ 5 w
Thin - End grain Sycamore bowl
My first thin end grain green wood turned bowl. It ~ 1/16 inch thick at the top with most of the wall thickness at 1/8 inch thick. Turning a bowl end grain whilst wet keeps the distortion to a minimum (it stays more round).
2 3/4 h x 4.5 w
SOLD - Private Collection.
Green Sycamore Grouping - A selection of Sycamore pieces
I received a large amount of wood from a hurricane Ike downed Sycamore tree. The tree was special to several people that lived near it. I was asked to use the wood for my work and that the wood donor would like first purchase rights to buy things for the people that the tree meant something to for Xmas gifts.
From left to right. side grain - microwaved bowl, end grain rice bowl, Bee Hive pencil holder, another side grain - microwaved bowl, tulip shaped end grain hollow form vase.
Finish, either several coats of Tung Oil or Wipe On Poly.
Sycamore is dream to cut wet - can get it very thin and it cuts like butter. The rice bowl is the thinnest bowl I have turned to date at 1/8 inch thick.
All SOLD - Private Collection.
Crape Rice - Crape Mrytle Rice Bowl
Turned green, end grain from Crape Myrtle with pith, little cracks CA filled.
Turned, textured, charred, finished with Wipe On Poly, polished.
3.25 h x 3.5 w
The goal here was to approximate a ceramic look.
Palm Vessel - Palm Textural Study - Detail
Textural detail on the vessel exterior.
Phoenix - Phoenix Bottom Detail
Textural detail of the bottom.
Palm Vessel - A Textural Study
This one is a texture study in end grain palm (not sure what kind). I tried first turning one side grain - never will do that again - it distorts so much after rough turning as to not be usable. I will be making some more of these end grain forms - messy to cut, but I like the result. Another lesson learned - It doesn't sand very nice - so I decided rather than fighting the material to accent the tool marks after rough sanding with 80 grit power sander. A new material for me. I saw the rough cut logs in a strip mall parking lot, very glad I gave it a try.
No finish 6.5 h x 7.5 w
SOLD Private Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Phoenix - Pheonix Vessel
Title was inspired by the rebuilding process the city is undergoing.
Turned from a dead old Pecan tree that fell during the storm, Outside is textured, burnt, inside is sanded glass smooth, I like the dichotomy of the effect.
Finish is wipe on poly, several coats, the charred wood drinks the stuff. Buffed out through carnauba wax.