All Pent Up

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Here’s a piece that I recently finished that I call ‘All Pent Up’. I don’t usually name my pieces but because it was heavily decorated with pentagrams and star shapes I thought that in this case it was appropriate.

All Pent Up

The piece is made from locally harvested Black Cherry and it has been heavily burned and carved. It is painted with milk paint and finished with beeswax. It is approximately 7″(18cm) in diameter and 3″ (8cm) tall with the lid on. The moon disc is a found piece made of bone.

The real challenge was to turn the lid so that it would fit flat against the base. Because of the star shape the lid had to follow the curve of the base exactly or there would be a noticeable gap between the lid and base. Likewise, the lid ring had to fit into the cavity correctly. Turning this was one of those moments where it was obvious that God was guiding my hands – it was achieved on the first attempt!

Here’s some more photos:

woodturning
turn wood
Cherry wood
star box

Here’s a few photos of the piece as it was being made:

stars and moon
painted box
wooden box
Cherry box

Although I had a vision of this piece painted you can imagine my dilemma at the point above where just a finish coat or perhaps a bit of stain would have made an equally appealing piece.

This was certainly a fun project and a challenging one. It brought together a lot of different aspects of art and craft that I been working on lately. I look forward to doing more pieces along this line.

Back to the shop…

Update February 11th, 2012 - This piece came in 1st in the Intermediate Level Faceplate Category at the Nova Woodturners’ Guild 2012 Annual Competition! Glad I decided to paint! :)

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4 Responses to All Pent Up

  1. Your work has inspired me to attempt new projects and this has ignited my interest in applying new techniques. You really are doing some awesome, creative work.
    Paul

    Re. Paul J. Brown
    March 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  2. Wow! It’s a comment like this that makes it all worthwhile. Thanks so much.

    Woodworker's Guide
    March 26, 2012 at 7:18 am

  3. At the suggestion of a good friend, I started receiving your posts. Now I look forward to seeing Woodworker’s Guide in the header, and love to track your initiative and creativity.

    All Pent Up was a “slow burn” for me. AT first I thought it was interesting, then I started to like it, and now I’m thinking about a similar venture. Love the lid ring fit!

    Jim Houlihan
    March 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

  4. Jim, a slow burn is good, especially on a piece that took a fair amount of time to pyro. :) Thanks for your comments. I look forward to seeing your finished piece sometime too.

    Woodworker's Guide
    March 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

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