Turn-ed Sculpture

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-19-2019 11:43 PM 498 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fifty-four photos did I wring through the editor. I began this posting process with the rather undeserved belligerent idea of bombarding my Beloved Buddiess with every stinking one of them. Why?

Why should they have it easy?

And then, I said,

Shut up, Smartypants. Go sit in the corner. You’re not needed here.

It began as a stick of Jacaranda, of which I’m running frighteningly low. Springtime is here. There’ll be some trimming going on. I’ll keep my eyes open.

So, the body – the bent part – is Jacaranda. The stem is Ambrosia Maple. The cap is (help me out, here, box making Buddies) Cocobolo(?). The base is Peach. The three toppers are as follows:

The hat-shaped button (MaD HaTTer, again?) is what was left, and all that was left of the pen blank from the Mallee Burl pen. What appears to be a chip, or tearout, is the natural rough edge that made this little bit of the pen blank useless as a pen blank. (Ask me, again, why I don’t throw wood away.)

The newel is from the same stick of Ambrosia Maple as the stem, as, also, is the finial.

None of the five pieces that make up this Thing are cemented together, yet.

The base is 3-1/4” in diameter and about 1/2” thick.

The body is 7-1/2” from tip to tip and, roughly, 2-1/2” wide.

The stem is 1-1/2” Long.

The overall height, with the finial, is 5-3/4”, and, with either of the other two toppers, 4-1/4”.

This finish is, of course, YG/HS.

I left the bark around the edges au natural.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

“Art is the signature of man.” GK Chesterton, in Everlasting Man

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-20-2019 12:30 AM

Oooohhh, Cool!

My first thought was “Byzantine style”, then “no, more Ottoman with Mughal influences”, then “no, really byzantine but small b byzantine as in complex”, then “no, organic because pictures 2, 4 and 5 look like a bird in flight – hawk maybe or osprey, possibly cormorant, but not albatross”, but then “picture 3 looks Oriental as in Mongolian or Manchu.”

(See you aren’t the only one who argues with himself – of course my excuse is exhaustion and hypothermia – water heater died on Sunday repair men were here almost 11 hours yesterday but ran into problem with gas lines and had to turn my heat off last night and come back to finish the job today – just turned it back on.)

Maybe a blog to show all 54 process photos – and you can be as wordy as you want to be.

Thanks for posting, take care.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 02-20-2019 12:39 AM


Now that is Awesome!

I don’t know why but at first glance your pieces always seem larger than the dimensions you give. I really like this one, Mark.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 02-20-2019 01:58 AM

John, you sure know a lot of words. Thank, though. I knew you’d like it. Sorry – not a single shot in the making. Bundle up, Buddy. It’s a frigid 54 degrees here, right now. And the sun isn’t even down yet, all the way.

Thanks, Lew. I don’t know about “awesome.” But, I agree completely with “cool.”

-- Mark

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#4 posted 02-20-2019 04:48 AM

Very cool and demanding project from my perspective. Addition of live edge parts makes it pop up more.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-20-2019 05:19 AM

Wow, You are doing some top notch artistic work. Beautiful.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 02-20-2019 02:21 PM

that is wild man i couldn’t even imagine that spinning on the lathe,i think it would scare the hell out of me.incredible work buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 02-20-2019 04:04 PM

Wow, now that is a unique piece of art you have created Mark.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-24-2019 01:22 AM

Very original Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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