A little table that I've been planning for a while and showed in progress a little while ago, I just couldn't decide what wood compliment the Pippy Oak top....
Originally the inspiration was an Arts & Crafts style table my father owned, although it looks nothing like it.
It allows for very delicate legs to be turned.
This small hallway lamp stand type corner table is made with a Pippy Oak top and very delicate turned Beech legs and rails.. Not quite finished, there are a couple of Jarrah pieces to fit and I realised the front top rail is missing in the picure but it will be finished soon :) This was kind of inspired by an Arts & Crafts period piece. The unusual positioning of the front rail and uneven spacing of the legs gives it a slightly geometric style.
I was going to call this post 'how to turn an alabaster bowl' but really I should be calling it 'how not to turn an alabaster bowl'. It was more of an exercise to find out whether a piece with this many faults can be turned or not. I've carved it by hand before so know that this many faults make the stone very fragile..
|Step 1: the hunk of alabaster stone, the grey lines are shale (soft limestone) which breaks easily and is also very abrasive on tools. There is a high risk of it breaking on these lines....|
|Step 3: starting turning... I foolishly made little effort to round the stone 1st and the vibration is massive, at the moment I'm just trying to round it off to see what I have to work with...|
|Step 4: a nice shape is now starting to develop and sanding/polishing on the outside can start....|
|Wetting the stone allows you to see the colours that will show when it's finished...|
|Before I could continue I had to make a new chisel to undercut the rim. Not very pretty but the solid steel bar adds needed strength..|
|Placing a light inside shows why it's been used in art for so many millennia.|
|Trying to open and undercut the rim caused small cracks which broke out, this kept happening until most of the top had broken away and the rim had opened up to a more conventional bowl shape and less of a hollow form...|
|A lot smaller than it started but as the whole purpose was to see if a piece with this many faults can be turned. It's a little wonder that I managed any bowl from it. Yes it can but it shouldn't!|
|The grey is the limestone shale which runs through the stone, each patch of grey is considered a fault which would cause this to be discarded by any normal stoneshop...|
|Notice also the obvious presence of Mica & Quartz crystals|
This is the largest of the square bowls yet (and almost the last after I caught 3 fingers while spinning it at 750rpm, very sore knuckles for a week!) Really lovely grain and colour, it sold to one of the very 1st people to see it!
Large blank ready for turning.
1st side turned, the inside is always harder, trying to copy the curve of the outside.
Knee deep in shavings just after the 1st side...
Waist high shavings after turning the inside!!
Rough finished prior to sanding & polishing...
After sanding & polishing...
The best pictures I could get....
..taken at the church that the event was being held at.
& a 2nd bowl
Slightly richer colour than the last but with the same timber