Aug

3

Cross and Two Rings

By Jim

While I’ve been hard at work on the walnut bowl set, I’ve taken a few minutes out (mostly when frustrated) to make a few quick projects.  I found some interesting wood jewelry on http://www.esty.com and thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s a cross made from chakte viga that I wear.  And, two rings made from bloodwood and gaboon ebony.  Chakte Viga is quickly becoming my favorite wood.

I opened a store on esty under the name lignified, but I haven’t listed anything yet.  If you want me to make you something, just put in a private alchemy request :). 

Also, this was a good post for me to test out my new portable lightbox.

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Dec

30

Wine Bottle Holders

By Jim

Some last minute Christmas gifts.  I made these gravity-defying wine bottle holders for the vino lovers in the family.  I really like the way the walnut & chakte viga look together.  I’ve already gotten another order for a family visit on Friday.  I guess I’d better get working!

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Nov

30

Wood Balls

By Jim

This is perhaps my most impractical yet most interesting project.  People who visit my house and see them can’t help but pick them up and ask what kind of wood each one is.  To answer that question, look at the picture with the balls in a row.  From left to right the woods are maple, red oak, cherry, chakte viga, mahogany, ipe, wenge, black palm, bubinga, chakte kok, bloodwood and purpleheart.  It’s tough to make out some of the darker colors, but it’s a good sampling.  I intended these to be my samples for folks to pick out woods for projects instead of the traditional 1/2″x3″x6″ block.  I’ll have to make more someday to reflect all the species with which I work.

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Nov

30

Bubinga Seed Pot

By Jim

This one of my best pieces yet.  I made this seed pot as a gift for my sister.  The main body is from a gorgious piece of bubinga.  The base and rim are gaboon ebony.  The feature ring is chakte viga (a.k.a. paela), shedua and maple.

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Nov

29

Paela Bowl

By Jim

When making this bowl as one of my first attempts at turning, I learned not to hollow out the bottom too far. I goofed and turned right through the paela block, but I fixed it by adding a cocobolo disk in the center. A slip-up became a feature.

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