I turned the front of my vessel. A lovely plank of rippled ash running to the blonde sapwood on one side. It is about a metre in length by 400. I drew on a pattern of arc and radians. Carved a pattern of vee chevrons over the next few days. Tried to turn the back off, but the wood had twisted and turning had changed from tricky to silly. 0ne metre of wood on the faceplate comes past slowly. Thock, thock,thock. I took it off and planed it to form. Went through the grades of abrasive, filled the screwholes, fussed the face a bit more and a coat or four of oil. A clear evening, so it was down to the industrial estate with a broom and a camera to take some photos. Please visit my new web site on nickbarberton.com.
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My captains chairs have been selling well. Three shows still ahead of me again, so I must make another. I had some nice 60mm rippled sycamore. It is worth making a change from walnut. Craft fairs are performing art and when the same people come round and it seems as if I am hawking the same things as last year, a golden chair does make a difference. I laminated the curved backrest from the outer edges of the plank where the ripple is most pronounced and with the shaping of the backrest getting it to the medullary rays where the ripple is most pronounced. My plank was wide and I could cut the seat from one piece of wood. Each time I make one of these chairs carving the seat becomes a new creative experience. (This sounds too new age, I might re-write it later) Sycamore does not split easily so I can hollow it down till 20mm is left. This gives me a deeper carved seat, a greater feeling of luxury to justify the price. The 60 mm wood allows me to have larger fillets on the joints. Here is a pic taken yesterday evening at the industrial estate just before sunset. That is me feeling happier about Art in Action 16th. to 19th July 2015. Rums Eg Romsey Dovetail Exhibition 2nd August 2015, leaving early for: Pond House Studio Lewes 22nd, 23rd, August 2015 Made London 22nd to 26th October 2015
I have carved the inside of the vessel probably 90%. I have removed wood from the outside so that very little of the vessel is over 30mm. thickness. The vessel now weighs 16kg. I have to get the moisture content down, so the less wood that I have to dry, the better. The ends have been oiled to slow down the drying.I now have it wrapped in plastic and strapped to the kitchen ceiling above the heater so I can sweat the excess moisture out.
It is a commission through an agent, It excites me hence the blog. I am awaiting a curved gouge that will ease getting down to bottom. More photos will follow with the carving and drying. Oops, there is the postman, maybe its my gouge!
Zan was testing out her new camera (a Panasonic Lumix GH2), and I was working on a rather wonderful piece of ash. Here’s the little film she made:<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/40210273″>Nick carving</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user2424365″>Zan Barberton</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>