NYU intarsia, also my first bowl turning

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Project by jfk4032 posted 08-14-2015 10:07 PM 1452 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making a beautiful intarsia piece for my oldest son after graduating James Madison ( it was time to make one for my daughter who graduated from NYU. After pulling down various NYU logos, I was very disappointed with what the university logo looks like. It’s so simple and plain it would have been a waste to do an intarsia piece with that as the pattern…the last picture.

So, I made my own pattern using the actual NYU letters and creating a more interesting torch and flame as the new and improved logo pattern.

The piece measures about 16” x 16” and uses aspen, curly purpleheart, black locust, bloodwood, padauk, chatke viga, yellow heart, alaskan yellow cedar and holly.

I used black locust to turn the torch pieces including the cauldron, which was my first bowl turning…go figure I had to cut it in half! I used turner’s tape to glue two blanks together for the handle and lower tapered torch bottom piece. This way once turned to final shape, I could easily separate them and they would be a perfect half of the actual round shape and be perfectly flat for glueups . Fluting the handle was a little out of my league, so I got some help from John Supik of Mark Supik & Company woodturning in Baltimore…he did a great job and the Supik family are lovely people to work with and take instructional classes as well.

Also, a special thanks to LJer Ron F. who not only sharpened all of my lathe tools, but gave me some assistance in setting me up to turn the torch handle piece in the 3rd picture.

Here are some other work in process pictures of the build.[email protected]/albums/72157656836968559

Next up is a more complicated piece, the University of Maryland Terrapin, for my youngest son who graduates this coming Winter.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-15-2015 03:57 PM

Joel, you have done an outstanding job designing and building the NYU intarsia logo for your daughter. She will treasure that for ever.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 08-16-2015 02:30 AM

Looks great, love the scrollwork on the flame.

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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