In answer to several queries, no I haven’t given up on the pyro-brick vessels and forms, I’ve just been busy with demonstrations and other woody things.
I’ve continued developing the idea and think I’m at the point where I can start to make the versions I want to end with. I’ve used both machines pretty much the same, and honestly cannot choose between the two. Each has at least one aspect that sets it above the other, but either would serve well as a lone pyrography machine – especially if you’ve not had the two to play with! The good news, for me, is that I now have the two to use. Anyway…an update was requested so here it is…
I thought I’d try the pattern on a bowl rim, and this is the result:
Having completed this one I wondered what it would look like all over the interior of a bowl. The problem was quite heavy scorching on the exterior, so I treated this with a new product, an acrylic metal “paint” that crazes. This hasn’t proved to be to my taste and will not be used again. But if you don’t try you don’t know.
And not much good for soup!
After this I thought I’d incorporate the pattern on a hollow ball as I enjoy turning these and have used them before. But what to do with the ball? Well, as a matter of course I remove a ring from the exterior of bowl blanks whilst turning the outer shape. These would normally end up as shavings, but can be useful for all sorts of things, like chapter rings on clocks, for instance. Here I used one as planetary ring for the hollow ball.
The rock came from a Welsh silver mine and was given to me by a friend, Rosie, a silversmith in Suffolk. I thought the colour (once modified) suited the sculpture, but opinions differ!
I’m just about to start on another evolution, but it will be a longer process and may end up on the fire.
I was “pulled up” a few days ago for “breaking” my “own rules”. The complainant wondered why I’d decided to “completely obliterate the wood”, after stating in the past that I “liked to see the wood” even on coloured and textured work. Hummm. Well, I suppose the answer is that you move on. If you restrict your self to such an extent it makes life very difficult. These forms, decorated in this fashion, are not about the wood, but about the finished object. I make no apology for them or my actions, but I do understand that some turners don’t, won’t, and possibly, can’t, ever find anything positive to say about them. That’s fine, because I didn’t make them for them. I never have done. (Well, perhaps that’s not strictly true – perhaps I did for the first year of turning).
Interestingly, not ten minutes after being “pulled”, another turner thanked me for a course he attended (with others) much earlier in the year. Since then, he told me, he has been using the colouring and texturing techniques detailed on the course, and has been producing some non-utility, decorative, items, and said that at his regular craft shows he is selling three of them to one of his conventional turnings! (he must be the one of a few selling anything at the moment!)
The fact is that one style needn’t preclude another. There’s room for it all. But for me I need the challenge and interest of something new to try. If that offends the sensibilities of some, then…well, you can guess, can’t you?
Right…I’m off to paint a lump of prime burr oak with black gloss house paint and call it “Solstice”…