Yes, Artisan’s Call has been on hiatus. I took two weeks off, (mainly because of religious observance) and thankfully my body got some well needed sleep. Aside from being forced out of my workshop and away from my sketch pad by Sukkot, I had not time for artist work because I had loads of work to do for the Maryland Artisan Guild, and because of preparations for Sukkot. One a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I would rate my “vacation” as a 2! At least I am now a well rested grumpy man.
My muse thoroughly enjoyed bombarding my brain with ideas during my two weeks of artistic exile knowing full well that I would not be able jot anything down. My muse can be quite cruel at times, but I did hold on to one idea about another version of the Tiki. Is the Tiki commercially a good idea? No. Does the Tiki appeal to my artistic side? Yes! So why not burn time working on a second more complex Tiki instead of getting an important project out of the way?! What the he!!, life sucks, then you die, so why not working on something fun! Okay, okay, enough kvetching, on to the interesting stuff.
When I first posted my blog about the Tiki, I got some encouraging comments. A fellow turner that I respect a lot, Andy Coats, suggested I continue exploring the form, and another fellow blogger, Ellis Hein, liked the form so much, he made his own version, and I think he really did cool version. I wonder how they will like the new version!
I did not want to make another rectangle version, so I made this Tiki form like an elongated pyramid. I found another chunk of osage orange, and I used my chainsaw to cut out a rectangle, then I marked out all the sides to create a pyramid shape and cut it out on the bandsaw. Next, I used a plane to smooth each of the sides, found the centers on the ends, and put it up on the lathe.
Once mounted up on the lathe, I used a spindle gouge to make the v-cuts on the sides. Again, I did not want the overall shape of this piece to look machine made. It needs to be a bit rough and un-even like it was hacked out of the wood using primitive tools. When I was happy with the v-cuts, I mounted the bottom of the pyramid to a glue block and proceeded to hollow out the form. I am lucky that I did not blow out one of the sides. Since the overall shape was not meant to be machine perfect so the hollowing process was a bit dicey.
The theme for this piece is a Polynesian style representation of an underwater volcano. I made a number of piercings in the piece of various sizes for an aesthetic reasons, and each side looks somewhat different.
The main feature of the piece is a Polynesian style octopus whose legs extend to the other sides of the piece. I drew the octopus on the piece with a pencil, then painted it with black acrylic paint. There is a hole in the top of the piece out of which flows black lava. I used pyrography to create swirls and then painted over it to make it look more like flowing lava in the shape of flames.
The inside of the form is painted red to represent the lava. When you look inside the piece you will see little surprise. At the bottom of the form is an image of a female fire demon. I cut a larger keyhole shape on the backside of the piece to let light in so you could see the red color and fire goddess of the volcano.
The octopus is the central image so the name of the piece is “King of the Undersea Mountain”. I like this piece, but I think I might have gone a bit overboard with the embellishments, but this is a proto-type.