This box is a culmination of Mike Stafford's box class at John Campbell Folk School, Jamie Donaldson's winged bowl demo (at the class)and a rock shop near Campbell. What a class that was! A wild but terrific bunch. I didn't bring anything home, so I made this as soon as I got back. It's made from a block of Eucalyptus I bought off one of the students. 10" X 4.5" to the top of the "flame". They tell me the polished slice of rock is purple, so I'll go with that.
All comments welcome and appreciated.
Thanks for looking, Don L.
Well now, Don this is a real way COOL piece it "ROCKS" I know it's not a lamp but I can almost see Aladin iching to get out, must have been fun getting that little ring of texture around the rock.
Just love it : )
Larry, thanks for the color update. Being very color blind, I have to trust better eyes than mine. Violet sounds good to me!
Ed, The rock looks bigger in the photo than it really is. Maybe that's throwing you off, it did me. Also, there is a bottom on the piece that has the same flow as the bowl section. That changes the "in person" look to it. Just didn't want to take up photo space with another shot.Anyway, thanks for the comment, it's appreciated.
Ed, I'm with you. But I've figured out the problem, it is the "purple" rock. Don, I know what you were going for, and it might look a lot better in person, but that rock in this picture looks way out of place to me. Your box and plate are fine. You did a great job on them. Looks like maybe you turned them on different centers maybe? What ever you did, you did it well.
Thanks Rev. It seems like this is one of those pieces that you love it, or hate it. The rock looks too big, but some of that is the way I took the photo from above. Maybe a smaller or different color rock would have worked better or perhaps the whole idea doesn't work. Heck, nothing ventured nothing gained. I'm hoping some woman will like it.
The piece was turned on one center from a single rectangular piece of wood. After the bowl section was roughed out, I cut the lid off on a band saw and turned that separately. The wings were cut after the piece was final turned.