April 2009 Update - I didn't get this bowl completed before shutting
down the carving shop last summer. In December I finally got back to
work on it. On the spoon, at the top of the page, I spent a lot of time
carving out the middle, overlapped area and was looking forward to
working on a larger scale on this piece. No peace. Just a larger piece.
The bowl dried down very nicely with no indications of stress in the
rim areas. A good thing!
At one point I thought the bowl might need some special
edge treatment but now that the shape has been refined I'm liking the
simple, flowing lines of the two intersecting shapes and don't want to
detract from that by fancying up the rims.
I just finished the sanding phase and have applied the first coat
of oil finish. It is nice to see the glow of that cherry grain. Only a
couple more weeks of finish work and this bowl will be complete.
- The 'Duet' bowl is finished at last. It took a bit longer to complete
than I had planned but was worth the time for me. As is often the case,
by not rushing through this project, I was able to make some subtle
refinements along the way; little things that had I blitzed along, I
might have missed. All in all, I do like how this bowl turned out.
"Duet" Wild Black Cherry Bowl -
In Private Collection
back in February of 2008 I stated that I had planned to make a series of
bowls incorporating the intersecting objects theme. That may still
happen but I can assure you that this is 'one-of-a-kind' piece. That
said, I am looking forward to getting into a nice fresh piece of black
cherry (or possibly a big piece of English Black Locust) that are out by the woodshed.
Who knows what direction it will
Here is a link to a few
more photos of this bowl...