I like to be exposed to different aspects of woodcraft so I want to share with you what I have experimented with. I want to encourage you to try different things even if you think it might be too hard.
In the gallery there are a couple of pieces, which are turned on several axes e.g. “Wrention” done on 4 axes. There could perhaps be easier ways to make such a piece but where’s the fun it that? Multi-axis or off-centre turning can make for some unique designs and the challenge of success is very satisfying. Jean Francois Escoulen is the Master of such work.
The segmented ‘turnings’ such as 360 piece Globe featured above, not only gives you opportunity to make bigger and more stable pieces but also contrasting wood can be used e.g. arctic, temperate and tropical zones on the Globe or the gum leaves on the vase.
Then there is the embellishment of carving, which is shown on several of the pieces. As carving usually takes more of the time, perhaps these should be categorised as carvings not turnings, always a perennial question.
Why not bring in dynamics with the 5 segmented diamonds which can rotate separately inside each other and incidentally had to be designed to go as hand luggage on an aircraft.
In designing the profile of the couple, the subjects didn’t question why I not only wanted to take their pictures but also why did I have to stick a piece of gaffer tape to their cheeks?
I hope you will see something in my work that inspires you to try to do something that you have not tried before.
Aim to have fun and feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Cheers – Simon
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