Turning, piercing and painting.

My friend, Bernie gave me 12″ diameter log of Northern Birch back in November.  Birch works really well for turning a thin walled vessel that is easy to pierce and paint. As I was nearing the final thickness, cracks in the end grain caused a number of pieces to fly off as the wood was spinning on the lathe.  I decided to carry on and finish the piece by suturing the errant chunks back onto the main turning and then using a dental drill to pierce decorations into the wood.


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  1. Shelly M Benoit February 2, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    HI Trent – Oh my goodness your ancestors would be applauding you for your thriftiness in not turfing the wood, along with your precision like, beautiful, even stitches! A wooden quilt piece, dear brother!
    Do you just happen to have a dental drill in your possession? Grandad Watts could have made lives more comfortable if he could have filled those teeth rather than yanking them out with his forge crafted pliers!!
    Love this piece – it’s a really unique work of art

  2. Ray February 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

    That’s excellent. I like the colour and feet too. Are you using a particular suturing technique or knots?

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