Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Old Curiosity Pot

While trying out different ideas for the delicate challenge I made this little oddity, it was an exercise in several techniques, inlay, colour and form. The inlays are Copper wire and a dark blue powder George sent me mixed with epoxy and run into a groove. The base is in Sycamore, the finial lid is Laburnum. Although the finial is pretty nice in form, I should have had something more substantial at the top, it would have balanced the piece better overall. Finish is high gloss Shellac, the soft highlights are a function of the light diffuser I use for the photography.

The lid is a very nice fit on this one, a smooth pop when it is removed and a precise shoomf when replaced!

 Detail of the inlay

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pre Fishguard festival

This week (1st & 2nd November) is Fishguard festival and I am fortunate enough to have been allocated a table through the Pembs Business inititative so much ado sorting through stock, price labels etc, meanwhile, this month's challenge on the UK workshop forum attracted my interest again with the theme of "Delicate" intriguing as this leaves a wide avenue of choices for the entrants.

Having already produced thin stemmed goblets I did not want to repeat that and so went for something a little off the wall and different.

A Pixie table lamp!

Sometimes it's nice to have a bit of fun on the lathe!