Monkeys and My Art

What can I say, life has a grip on those safety rails on my back and is interferring with my blogging. I won’t bore you with the details of my monkeys, but I have started on a new project that I would like to tell you about.

As most of you know, David Marks is my woodworking hero, and I have been intrigued by his gilding and chemical patination workAfter I got paid for my last commissioned work, I sent off for David’s “Gilding and Chemical Patinations” DVD and the Metal Leaf and Patination Kit. That money was burning a hole in my pocket so I had to spend it fast! I am sure most of you understand.

I have decided that 2011 will be my year for more artistic turned pieces.  Not to say that I won’t turn a bowl every now and then, but I want to focus on more artsy fartsy pieces (excuse the technical language). Why? Because I want to! Plus the fact that my artistic pieces sell better than my bowls, and I want to spend more time with my muse this year.

For my inaugural piece, I made a tall hollow vessel made of ash, and I made a lovely ebony rim for it. To ease the hollowing process, I did it in two pieces.  First, I turned the overall piece from one large piece of ash (say that three times fast in front of a lady and see if you don’t get slapped), then I parted it in a strategic location, and in effect ‘turned’ it into a lidded box. I used my boring bar to get the walls nice and thin and keep the overall weight down. Before permanently attaching the top part to the bottom, I used acrylic paint to make the entire inside of the piece black. And let me tell you, when you look down into this piece, it is like looking into a Black Hole! You see NOTHING! It’s really kinda neat.

Now I am trying to decide how I will gild it and what patination process to use. I’ve got a few practice boards ready, so now I need to wait for a somewhat sunny day with a bit warmer temps. I hope that will happen this week. 

More to come!

About yaakov

Husband, Abba, Furniture Maker, Turner, Bookseller, and all around working stiff.
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5 Responses to Monkeys and My Art

  1. bob says:

    Sounds like fun. Hope to see it soon.

  2. This is another level! Love to see your works!


  3. Andy Coates says:

    I’m looking forward to some arty farty Yaakov pieces! Come one, get busy and post one.

    • yaakov says:

      Sorry to correct you, but that is “Artsy Fartsy” 🙂
      I am itchy to get started, but I need more sizing and my order should be here any day now.
      Of course, my version of artsy fartsy is not in the same league as your work. I am so glad you did not stop with your blog!

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