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Steve Doerr
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Chihuly Series
Sep 16th, 2017 at 9:39pm
 
This group of turning of part of my Chihuly Series. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Dale Chihuly, he is an American glass artist. He often uses the natural force of gravity to help determine the final shape of his molten glass art work. In this series I have taken inspiration for Chihuly’s work to create a similar effect in my turnings. Using mulberry burl wood that was still very wet, I turned these pieces to finish and then lets the natural forces associated with drying to warp and crack the turnings to determine their final shape. Even though you can't see it in the picture each piece has some wonderful texturing and movement in the wood do to warping. Sizes are: 8"W x 8 1/4"H; 5 1/2"W x 6 1/2"H; 4 1/2"W x 3 1/4"H.
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Re: Chihuly Series
Reply #1 - Sep 17th, 2017 at 12:51am
 
I like them a lot. I like when my bowls warp after turning and people wonder how you turned them.
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Re: Chihuly Series
Reply #2 - Sep 17th, 2017 at 11:03am
 
How, with what, and when are you sanding the outsides?  I've experimented a bit with sanding once turned bowls while green on the lathe using Arbormesh, with some good results on American holly.  I think the grits were 80, 180, and 240 (not 320 as I originally wrote).  The mesh quickly becomes clogged with wet wood, but I was using two pieces of each and as soon as one was clogged I tossed in a cup of water and used the other.  After a bit the first was easily cleaned by shaking it in the water.
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Re: Chihuly Series
Reply #3 - Sep 21st, 2017 at 11:51am
 
They look more organic when they warp and twist while drying. Good job!
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Re: Chihuly Series
Reply #4 - Sep 21st, 2017 at 2:19pm
 
Steve

I love the looks of them and have never turned any burl before.   Thumbs Up

I have turned a few wet items before and let them dry for a while, but for me I am more of a person who likes wood that is not worped but some of the ones I have seen are really nice.
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Reply #5 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 9:30pm
 
Steve, all three pieces look very nice, you did a fine job turning them.
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