Friday, 3 February 2012

Crack bowl

Today I was just about to go out for a trip to get some timber when a friend Chris Hill that I first met as he came to me for a lesson some time ago. Since then we have become friends and every now and then on a Friday we get together, have a few coffees and talk about turning, swap ideas etc.

While in the workshop we were going through a some tooling ideas when I noticed a couple of maple bowls that I had failed to place in bags after roughing out that had cracks running from the rim into the base. Not all the way through but it brought up the subject of how to use bowls/forms that have failed/cracked instead of throwing them and the various possibilities.

So the crack was sealed with CA glue with the bowl being turned to a thin wall. Using a rotary carver a shape was cut from the bowl after discussing the process and deciding on the orientation of the piece.

A previously made plinth was found on a shelf and a large marble sprayed black. The pictures are of the piece that we came up with.

No planning was given to the cutting of the bowl and I think we were fortunate to come up with this serendipity design.

Often it is good to meet up with other makers and to chew the cud so to speak, swap ideas and think differently about how we normally go about our work.

Thanks for the company Chris and the donuts ( take note George) and the brain storming.  


George Foweraker said...

Hi Mark.A nice piece from you both it just goes to show what can be salvaged from a piece it would have been easier to have thrown away.Well done

john smith said...

Hi Mark I love this piece so simple thinking outside the box it just proves not everything needs to be round.It is inspirational Regards John

Mark said...

Hi George and John

Thank you for your comments they are much appreciated.


Yes at times it is easier to throw things away but fun to have a play every now and then and see what comes about.


You are right sometimes there are other shapes that can be made out of items turned on the lathe.

Thank you both again.

your interest and taking time to comment is appreciated.

Ray Small said...

Lovely line on the cut-out. You call it serendipity, I call it a very good eye for line and form!
Very nice collaboration.


Mark said...

Hi Ray

Thank you for your comments. To be fair on aoccassions it can take 2-3 goes before I am happy with the result, I think on this occassion as two minds are better than one it just worked out right.

Take care