Saturday, 29 January 2011
The idea of this piece was to show that imperfect green oak in this case a fresh cut post can be turn using the minimal amount of tools to produce an item that is more sculptural and interesting than the usual bowls and hollow forms that I normally turn.
Very few tools are used with the sculptures being a simple project to make. The scorching was used to highlight the off the tool/band saw marks which are not overly evident in the picture but add an interesting texture beneath the scorching.
This is the first of many such sculptures that can be designed from sizes of 300mm to 2.5 meters tall. They are made primarily to add sculptural interest to a garden with the oak adding to this with its cracked surface that will age over time.
If any one is interested in having a go at one of these or adapting the project to your own design then the project can be viewed within the latest woodturning magazine out now for purchase.
I enjoy now turning without finishing with abrasive and texturing the surface of the item with a hammer or other equally technical tools as I realised that you do not have to buy expensive texturing tools to produce interesting textures. Added to this stains, scorching or other media can be used to add accents to the piece.
Posted by Mark at 15:09