So I decided to let go and to work on the piece in a organic way by carving and just seeing where it goes. The piece prior to the carving here was placed back on the lathe and turned through another two axis to remove more material in a controlled way to give further base curves and a concave area on the front face.
The rest has been carved using palm gouges which is fairly free and removes the material quickly.
The rest will have to wait as I want to allow the rest to develop slowly. There is a long way to go with the carving to date being crude and much refining is needed, but until I get to the stage of knowing when to stop the other processes will have to wait.
On a slightly different note, I have been experimenting with computer software for some time as an outside method of investigating creative processes. This I first started to investigate after being introduced to the process by Philip Streeting.
Looking at different ways of working outside of turning helps me to discover new ideas. I have included a few of the computer generated pictures that I have produced which run in line with my interest in photographing the moon and sky.
Computer generated pictures.