Experiment in Form And Color - "In the Realm of Speculative Fiction"

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Project by MrWolfe posted 07-28-2021 05:28 AM 1382 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the Realm of Speculative Fiction.
This piece is pure experimentation for me. What I mean is the carving, form and color are all new techniques for me. It is an end grain hollow vessel l turned from Ash with a lot of shaping and carving on the form. The vase is 7 inches tall and with the lid it is 10 inches tall. The colors are Chroma-Craft wood dyes and I finished it with an U.V. protective polyurethane finish and Renaissance Wax.

Comments and criticisms welcome as always.

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Tom Regnier

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#1 posted 07-28-2021 07:37 AM

Quite the experiment! First off, the form is really unique… almost tropical looking I’d say. Secondly, I really like your coloring…lots of blending and shading areas that create depth.
When woodworking becomes physical art you’ve made something special…great experimentation!

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#2 posted 07-28-2021 09:06 AM

Certainly different Wolfy... great job.

I just cringe at the thought of having to sand that!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 07-28-2021 10:55 AM

Well, that’s something, all right. Not sure what exactly, but as duckie says, I don’t think I’d much like sanding it. And ash is an interesting choice, as it’s not one of the easier woods to make pretty…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 07-28-2021 10:55 AM

Very nice – a fusion of 1950s styles: Overall shape is Mid Century Modern, with a twist of Hawaiian Tourist Kitsch and just a touch of Dr. Seuss. A great fun conversation piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 07-28-2021 10:59 AM

oh my gosh, what an endeavor – outstanding result

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 07-28-2021 11:51 AM

Little Shop of Horrors is alive. Interesting.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 07-28-2021 01:15 PM

Quite the experiment Mr Wolf. Excellent carving and great color. Hats off for trying new things.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 07-28-2021 01:30 PM

wow what kind of drug trip were you on jon-lol. that is wild man you really went all out on this the use of color and the shape is just crazy good.very creative indeed.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 07-28-2021 02:34 PM

That’s a full ten on creativity…Well done expanding your mind…

Kind of can’t stop looking at it, like I might be missing something…like the point of the thing…lol…

We can see the time and effort that took…very interesting…I like the colors too…and where the wood shows through…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 07-28-2021 02:42 PM

I’ll second leafherder’s thoughts on your category placement in the museum of art!
I’d just add that the shape would make a fine exhibit in medieval torture devices/suppositories 8^)

Again, the dye work is fascinating (as well as your inhuman ability to tolerate sanding 8^)


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#11 posted 07-28-2021 02:51 PM

My initial impression was that it reminded me of Grueby, or maybe Door or Ephraim with the coloring and “leaves”. As I look at it more, It has a style of its own. It is certainly unique, and that is not meant in a bad way. Like splinter said, it is fascinating.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 07-28-2021 03:04 PM

I like it a lot. Looks like something from a wacky sci-fi movie. Little Shop Of Horrors?

Great turning, carving, sanding, staining and finishing.

Your a creative craftsman.

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 07-28-2021 03:06 PM

Thanks Everyone!
That is what I was trying to achieve so thank you for the great compliment.

Thank you and I seem to be aquiring more sanding tools to add to my arsenal. This took time but was comparatively easy on the hands and fingers. I’ve also added some sanding “mops” that followed the contours, nooks and crannies.

I had a lot of fun. I really enjoy being in unknown territory for myself and having to problem solve on the go. There was plenty of that on this piece.

Thanks for all the interesting references that will spur me on to another creation. By the way, this is the updated Balinese/Cubist collared piece from earlier this summer. Here is the original piece before the carving and coloring.

Its the top right one.

Thanks Dick!
It was a lot of fun and I’m very happy with the outcome. It resembles my sketch much more than I thought it would.

That is a very close comparison to the In the Realm of Speculative Fiction I named this after. I think this may be more animal than plant or mineral but that is the right direction. Thanks!

Thank you Dave,
I HAVE to push myself and learn new techniques to keep it interesting for myself.
I appreciate the comment.

Nothing for many many years but I did go all out on this one. There were a few times I wondered how it would end up but I am very happy with the finished result.

Thank you. Actually I find I really like it more and more the longer I look at it and sometimes the point is no point. I really like the freedom to create without the restraints of profit, time or commissions or other constraints. Its meant to be fascinating and captivating in its own right. Ten on creativity is going to be hard to beat. Thanks!

Thanks for the great compliment though I am not so sure about the medieval torture device >=P
Sanding is becoming a lot less tedious with the new tools. Also, much of the carving and shaping got me very close to a finished surface. The dye work was a little intimidating because the bare wood looked pretty good by itself but I really wanted to play with color on this one and I’m glad I did.

I absolutely love those references and mostly they are new to me. Thanks for that great compliment. I like Van Briggle but your pottery references are closer to my inner vision for this piece plus maybe a little bit of George Ohr thrown in for good measure. I have been keeping Ohr on the back burners of my mind so its been simmering.

The Sci-Fi element is most definitely a huge influence on this. I grew up on reading Speculative Fiction and a lot of those early stories ended up as cult sci-fi screenplays for those kind of wacky sci-fi matinee double feature shows.
Thanks for the compliment.

Once again Everyone,

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#14 posted 07-28-2021 03:44 PM

That’s really quite unique.

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#15 posted 07-28-2021 03:58 PM

Great imagination! My first thought was some sort of alien pineapple – definitely a conversation piece! Well done on the carving – the non-symmetrical “leaves” really add to it!



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