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new work -- only 19 years in the oven *PIC*
Posted By GaryG in MD
Date Saturday, 9 April 2022, at 12:26 a.m.

GaryG in MD
winged box
4-3/4" h x 8" dia.
figured (crotch) walnut (pith in), holly, carnelian stone, dye, acrylic paint, gilding wax
Watco Danish Oil, Simoniz carnauba wax

Lots of history here -- I won't bore you with too much of it.
Small walnut crotch from a branch obtained locally in 2003 -- didn't show flame or feather when sawed open -- just a bit of curl and some nice colors -- it'll do. I kept a piece of the pith in it -- nice bit of texture -- a wabi sabi element. Roughed in early 2006 as a "winged trumpet bowl" (could be Phil Brown inspiration) or possibly a small "platter/plate". But it didn't speak to me, and it sat on a shelf, mounted on its CA glue block for 15 years, till last fall. I knew I'd have to redo the glue block. I didn't. Crazy but true. Do not try this at home!

I'm into boxes now, so it became a box. I didn't want a "standard" finial -- that would look stupid -- so I went with a form popular with Horst Kontak that I thought looked right. I use mostly holly for finials because of the lack of apparent grain, turns like butta, holds edges, and takes any color I wish. I added a ring and carnelian cabochon (per my buddy Clif Poodry) on the inside/bottom for visual impact.

So I set the finial on the box and kind of liked the contrast and natural look, but not really -- something wrong -- too austere, too plain, kind of naked, minimal. I certainly didn't want black, or red, and wood colors are tricky. I see a lot of mixed wood colors that I don't think look good together. So I showed it to Carol Hall before a meeting where she was demonstrating, and without a pause she said: "paint the bead". Like yeah! Duh. That works! So simple, but so profound. I named the piece for her inspiration. Thank you Carol! Here's a tease:

Finishing up: I didn't want the whole inside to be bright shiny gold, so I did the inside red (like gold foil primer) with light gold "liming" wax to fill the grain pores, so it kind of glitters. It doesn't show well in the photo -- looks better in person -- kind of glows almost purple from a distance, even though it's red up close. I put some color on the foot to complement the top, and done. Nice look, but now I don't have a place to sign it! Suggestions welcome. That's the 19-year history of that walnut "branch junction". :-) So now, you can see the rest here. C&C welcome.


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