Turning Archive 2006
>I call this piece Honu Chase. This is a 'between the branches' section of fresh Norfolk Pine, and I turned a flat bowl shape and soaked it in Watco to develop translucence. I then decided that it needed some decoration for interest, and decided to explore carving out the shape of a turtle, or 'honu' in Hawaiian. This symbol is currently very prevalent in today's culture in Hawaii. The pith was off center, so I used it for the center of the ring of turtles. I used a 1/8" roto-zip bit on a Proxon (Dremel-like) tool. Harmonic vibration of the bit made the cutout effort hard to control at times. Need more practice, I guess. I penciled in the figures before cutting, but used no proportional spacing. As I got closer to closing the ring I decided that it would be best to veer off a bit. I think that in the future I will try to find more interesting wood to turn. Diameter is 15-3/4 inches. Comments welcome.