Some friends came by today for a photo shoot so I want to share their work and a piece that I have finished as well.
Paul Schroeder made three matched candle sticks out of Bird’s Eye Maple and Purple Heart. Paul dramatically increases their stability by filling the center with gunshot.
Mel Genge acquired an unruly chunk of Big Leaf Maple with voids and bark inclusions that made for a dramatic piece when finished. He also made a pen and holder out of chunks cut off the block prior to turning the bowl.
Miranda Jones dropped off some of her stunning paintings and three pieces of jewelry. She carved the rabbit and the mouse from cow bone and made the cages and collar out of silver. The third necklace is made from copper and colored with chemical patina and paint.
I made the jewelry box out of Shea Oak from Australia and the trays from Cherry Wood. The Shea Oak came back with me from a trip to New Zealand back in 2003 and has been waiting for a suitable project since then. I will be giving the box to my granddaughter Olive for Christmas.