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Tom Coghill
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Nov 18th, 2015 at 10:17am
 
Sorry for the quality of the photos here - taken with my phone.  I will get some better photos soon, but I wanted to get something in here...

The wood came from a tree in my yard that blew down in a wind storm a couple years ago.  The wood is from a decorative tree, chokecherry tree. The pith is right down the center and the grain was not terrific… so I felt it needed a bit of something…

The center sphere is about 6 inches in diameter, the base is part of the original tree, colored black.  The top is Cherry and Walnut.  It is hollowed to about 1/8 inch wall thickness.

The color was applied in 3 colors (yellow, red and purple) , base, then two overlapping applications, some sealed in-between applications, some not.

The top finish is gloss WOP, no buffing.

After I was done it appeared oriental to me, so I named it Samurai.

I would like you honest impressions.  I am thinking the top is about 10-20% too large, but others may not think like I do…
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Re: Samurai
Reply #1 - Nov 18th, 2015 at 11:06am
 
You are correct I think the top is too large.  I also think instead of the natural walnut it would look better either black or one of the other colors of the hollow form.  Looking at the base you used I think a very dark brown or black would look good.  Hard to tell from the pix but maybe the purple you used on the form.  I like the form and the top goes with it just not quite so large.  Maybe the base of your top could just be an extension of the form.  Just some ideas.  Since the form is great you could play around with the tops/finials.  Fun to do that anyway.  As you are well aware to come up with a great piece of art requires a lot of experimentation.  I really like the stuff you come up with.  Keep up the good work.
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Reply #2 - Nov 18th, 2015 at 3:38pm
 
My criticisms are that the top, and base should be the same wood, or of the same color.
You have a lot going on there with the sphere, and with the top and bottom all being different shades, it throws the piece off. It draws my eye away from the sphere.
I like the overall form...the top might be too large, I can see that.., and the dye job came out well.

Over all, I like it.
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Reply #3 - Nov 18th, 2015 at 5:24pm
 
I would keep the shape of the top but dye it the same color as the base as John and Larry suggested.  I'd leave the crescent off. It adds nothing to the design.
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Reply #4 - Nov 18th, 2015 at 5:29pm
 
Here's an attempt to show it apx 20% smaller:
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Reply #5 - Nov 18th, 2015 at 5:47pm
 
Looks better, but at least the ball part of the finial should match the base.
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Reply #6 - Nov 20th, 2015 at 9:54am
 
The body of the piece is fabulous and the base really compliments the piece.

When I am unsure of a piece I am working on I will place it across the room and look at it at different directions.  Sometimes for several days.... This helps me to get a prospective of the overall piece.  Just a suggestion you might try.

My first impression is that the top seems to throw the piece off balance. Looking at your photo, the direction of the grain and size on the cresent seems to not fit.  The top seems to not belong to the piece in its current form and color. 

My suggestion would be to pick up a color from the body for the cap, make the cresent a bit smaller (maybe 1/3 of the width of the piece) and dye the cresent black to match the base...
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pick up a color from the body for the cresent and dye the cap black to tie the overall piece together.

Maybe turn different tops, try them on a piece to see which compliements the piece the best. You can use them for other pieces later.

Just my impressions...

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Re: Samurai
Reply #7 - Nov 20th, 2015 at 10:48am
 
Have to agree with comments that the top detracts from what is an exceptional shape, finish and colour of the vessel.
In my opinion the top piece could benefit by being sized to the lid. (Golden mean ratio). Of course that is just my opinion, not being an artist I can only provide my laymans view.
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Reply #8 - Nov 20th, 2015 at 11:27am
 
Bert, I find that sometimes artists are sort of blinded by their schooling, whereas a layman tends more to feel when something isn't right. Thumbs Up

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Reply #9 - Nov 20th, 2015 at 7:08pm
 
I will say the colors & techniques you used to apply them on the ball are stunning. You got skills
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