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Many thanks to all those who attended the Artist Talk at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.  It was a delightful afternoon and I enjoyed meeting and discussing the world of woodturning with the attendees.  As promised, the link following link will download a copy of the slide set that I used during my presentation:

The file is about 124MBytes, so be patient with the download...

A platter turned from a slab of mahogany with a textured ring and painted with black gesso.  This is one of several new pieces that were turned for the "Front Window Exhibition" at the Brentwood Art Exchange.

Catalog #307
Medium:                 Mahogany
Base:                     2 3/8" dia
Thickness:             1 1/8"
Diameter:               13 7/16"
Finish:                   Penetrating Oil

Etruscan AmphoraClassic utilitarian Etruscan-styled amphora in a single piece of found Maple.  The design of this piece was derived from amphorae that I spotted in a museum in Pienza Italy during a trip to Tuscany in September 2013.  This piece was turned to form the external shape of the foot, body and rim.  The neck and the handles were carved and the piece hollowed out.

The base was turned out of Lignum Vitae which is a very dense and heavy tropical hardwood which provides a stable base for the amphora to rest on. Lignum Vitae is native to Central America, the Caribbean and the northern-most coast of South America. The post was turned out of ebony.

"Etruscan Amphora"
Catalog #301
Medium:                     Found Maple; Base: Ebony & Lignum Vitae
Amphora foot:             7/8" diameter
Height:                       10 3/8"
Max Diameter:            3"
Finish:                        Penetrating Oil

Note:  "Found" Maple is a reference to the general nature of the limb from which the piece was turned.  In this case the limb had insect tunnels and cracks that actually added to the ambiance of the finished piece which was derived from an ancient museum piece.


Yew Study IIA natural edge open vessel in English Yew.  This piece was designed to take advantage of the striking coloration differential between the Yew's heartwood and the sapwood (along the rim).  The piece was turned into a cylindrical vase shape then carved to develop the gentle undulations around the rim.

"Yew Study II"
Catalog #306
Medium:                     English Yew
Base Diameter:           1 3/4"
Height:                       7 1/2"
Max Diameter at rim:   6 1/2"
Wall Thickness:          1/4" (typ)
Finish:                        Penetrating Oil


A pair of candlesticks in Cocobolo whose form is an evolutionary derivative of the hyperbolic shape pioneered by Rude Olsonik.  The ratio of the lengths of the top section to the bottom section of both pieces conforms to the "Golden Ratio" otherwise known as "phi" which is ~1.618.

"Complex Hyperboloid Candlesticks"
Catalog #304
Medium:                     Cocobolo
Base Diameter:           1 7/8"
Height:                       12 5/8" & 11 1/4"
Minimum Diameter:     1/4"
Finish:                        Friction Polish


Atariak, Basque for Portals...Atariak has been awarded 1st Place honors at the Maryland Federation of Art Gallery B exhibition.  In the words of Show juror, Catriona Fraser, former director of Fraser Gallery, the 42 selected works illustrated "...the variety and breadth of the work on display at Gallery B is exemplar of the professionalism and artistic achievement of MFA Member Artists...".  Catriona went on to comment that she "...selected the work based on several criteria, including technique and composition, visual impact, creativity, uniqueness, and finally, my emotional response to the work..."  MFA members submitted 312 entries into the show, 42 were accepted and Atariak was awarded first place.

The exhibition runs from February 4th thru March 2nd.  Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.  Phone number is 301-215-7990.

Additional information can be found at the MFA website.

Two of my turnings have been juried into the Maryland Federation of Art's (MFA) current Member On-Line Exhibition.  Look for "Atariak" in the 360 Art Exhibition Part 1 and "Amphora" in the 360 Art Exhibition Part 2.  This exhibition uses a creative 360 degree "virtual" Gallery that you can easily walk through with your mouse.  Most of the artwork in the exhibition is available for purchase by email or by calling MFA at 410-268-4566.

This piece was turned for inclusion in the biennial Chesapeake Woodturners Exhibition at the Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Maryland.  The urn's body and lid were turned from an Australian Banksia pod and have been hollowed out.  The pedestal/base, lid and lip rings and finial were fashioned out of African Blackwood.  An approximate image of the urn can be seen at the top of the finial.

The height of the piece is 16".  The maximum diameter is 2 1/2" and the wall thickness averages about 1/8".  The turning was finished with Waterlox.


A pair of candlesticks in Wenge whose form is an evolutionary derivative of the hyperbolic shape pioneered by Rude Olsonik.  The ratio of the lengths of the top section to the bottom section of both pieces conforms to the "Golden Ratio" otherwise known as "phi" which is ~1.618.

The maximum height of the taller piece is 11 15/16" with a maximum diameter of 1 7/8".  The narrowest diameter of the taller piece is ~ 1/8".  Both pieces were finished with friction polish.

Neolithic Cup & SaucerThis piece was turned from a Big Leaf Maple burl and fashioned into a bowl-in-bowl form. A pyrographed partial raised band was included on the "saucer" and "cup" sections of the piece.  Big Leaf Maple burls are noted for their stunning figure, wonderful inclusions and voids and subtle color variations.

Base:  2 3/4" dia
Overall Height:  2 3/4"
Maximum Diameter:  13 1/4"
Finish: Tung Oil and Carnauba Wax

A series of turnings featuring elegant black finials and highly figured spalted and burl hollow forms.  These pieces were turned for the Chesapeake Woodturners Winter Exhibit at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.  Details about the exhibition are included in this site's Activity Log.  Specifications for each of the five pieces will soon be added to the LatheScapes web site.

"Echoes I"            - Spalted Maple Vase w/Dyed Holly Finial - Height: 17 1/2"
"Mars Rising"       - Tasmanian Myrtle Burl w/Dyed Holly Finial - Height: 10 3/8"
"Finialed Boxes"   - Cherry and Mesquite Burls w/Madagascar Ebony Finials - Heights: 6 7/8", 5 3/4", 4"

These commissioned turnings were created from limbs of a single red mulberry tree.  The large tree stood in downtown Annapolis until it was blown over during a storm last winter.  Red mulberry wood is photo-reactive: over time the color of each of these pieces will gradually turn to a rich dark brown.  Woods like cherry, osage orange and purpleheart (see below) have similar characteristics.

Hollow Form w/Raised & Pyrographed Collar
Catalog #161
Red Mulberry
Base: 1 11/16" dia.
Height: 5 1/2"
Max Diameter: 8 7/8"
Wall Thickness: 3/16" (typ)
Diameter of Opening: 1 3/16"
Finish: Pentrating Oils & Wax

Footed Natural Edge Hollow Form
Catalog #156
Red Mulberry
Base: 1 1/4" dia.
Height: 5 3/8"
Max Diameter: 4 1/2"
Diameter of Opening: 1 3/4"
Wall Thickness: 1/8" (typ).
Finish: Penetrating Oils & Wax

Footed Hollow Form
Catalog #154
Red Mulberry
Base: 3 3/8" dia.
Height: 4 5/16"
Max Width: 5 7/8"
Diameter of Opening: 1 1/2"
Wall Thickness: 1/16" (typ).
Finish: Penetrating Oils & Wax

Footed Natural Edge Closed Form
Catalog #158
Red Mulberry
Base: 1 7/8" dia.
Height: 5"
Rim Dimensions: 5 1/8" x 7 1/2"
Wall Thickness: 1/8" (typ).
Finish: Penetrating Oils & Wax


Footed Natural Edge Bowl
Catalog #157
Red Mulberry
Base: 1 1/2" dia.
Height: 4"
Rim Dimensions: 6 3/4" x 6 1/4"
Wall Thickness: 1/8" (typ).
Finish: Pentrating Oils & Wax

I have recently turned a number of belaying pins in an effort to assist with the restoration of the USS Constellation.  This magnificent vessel was commissioned on July 28th, 1855 and was the last all-sail powered warship built by the US Navy.  The Chesapeake Woodturners have volunteered to turn belaying pins out of purpleheart supplied by the USS Constellation Museum and many small poplar spindles for decorative ballustrades in the ward room.

The process that I used to turn belaying pins for this project can be downloaded from this site as a Microsoft PowerPoint(tm) slide show.  Click on this link: USS Constellation to initiate the download.  It is also posted on the Chesapeake Woodturners website as a Java(tm) slideshow.  It can be linked to via:  Java Slideshow.

Historical information about the USS Constellation and the efforts to restore her are available on-line at the USS Constellation Museum website.

The USS Constellation at anchor in Baltimore Harbor.

Several of the belaying pins that I turned for the USS Constellation Museum.  The last pin that I turned for this group is on the right.  The first is on the left.  Note the graduated color change from brown to deep purple.

"Longevity", a commisioned turning, was created from a piece of the historic Wye Oak, Maryland's most famous White Oak tree. This venerable tree stood proudly on the Eastern shore of Maryland for more than 450 years before it was blown over during a severe thunderstorm on June 6, 2002. Its weight was estimated to have been in excess of 200 tons, measured 31'8" in circumference, was 96' tall and had a 119' crown spread. This tree was 100 years older than the state of Maryland!

The tree was in pretty bad shape before it fell. It was loaded with insect and disease damage, structural defects, restoration artifacts including concrete (mixed with asbestos), steel cable, eyebolts, and insecticides. Less than 1% (excluding the bole) was considered usable for conversion into sawn boards.

The image below shows the completed hollow form (right) and an offcut (left).  The mirror image insect holes are readily seen in the image.  The hollow form was very difficult to turn as the bark inclusion extended through a 270 degree arc.

"Longevity" is now included in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on-line Wye Oak Gallery.

Catalog #143
Natural Edge Hollow Form
White Oak (Quercus Alba)
Base: 2 1/4" dia.
Height: 3 1/2".
Width at rim: 1 3/8"
Max diameter: 4 1/2"
Finish: Waterlox/automotive rubbing compound/carnauba wax buffed with Beall system.

This turning is an example of a prototype that I often do to work out the procedural aspects of a project.  In this instance, it was important to develope a procedure for blending or conforming the square-based finial into the shape of the hollow form.  The techniques will be applied to follow-on turnings using similar design elements.

The finial was formed from two pieces of Madagascar Ebony.  Some detail elements were turned into the underside of the finial's square base to add interest to the piece.
Finialed Hollow Form Prototype
Chestnut Oak (Quercus Prinus) and Madagascar Ebony (Diospyrus perrierii)
Base Diameter:1 1/8"
Hieght:  7 1/2"
Max Diameter: 5 3/8" dia
Opening Width: 1 1/4"
Wall Thickness: 1/16" at opening

"Dawn's Edge" is an example of a commisioned turning.  Please contact us if you have a specific type of turning, wood variety, or finish preference.  Even very vague initial ideas can result in some wonderful results, as is illustrated by "Dawn's Edge".

Dawn's Edge

Natural Edge Open Form in Cherry
Base: 1 7/16" dia.
Height: 3"
Width at rim: 7 3/8" x 5 5/8"
Finish:  Waterlox & Carnuba Wax

A functional turning created from
locally harvested Black Walnut.

This is another example of the turnings
that may be commisionned
from LatheScapes.  Use our convenient
Information Request form
for more details.

Base:    2 1/4" dia.
Height:  8 3/4"
Max Diameter: 2 1/4"



Sassafras Natural Edge Bowl  March, 2006
Source: Ft. Smallwood Park, Pasadena, Maryland   
Catalog #127
Base: 1 1/4" dia.
Height: 4 1/4"
Width at Rim : 11" x 7"
Wall Thickness: 3/16" (typ)
Finish:  Oil and wax

The second in a series of natural edge turnings in sassafras, Sleigh Runner II (SRII) releases the wonderfully ordered structures that were in the standing tree.  The light sapwood "runners" contrast nicely with the deep reddish-brown bark and the green-hued heartwood.  The growth rings run uniformly down to the foot at the bottom of the bowl.  This turning was an entrant in the American Association of Woodturners Spring Turning Contest and is the subject of a heavily-visited thread on their forum entitled "How do you do that?".

Danish Modern Candlesticks

Set of candlesticks turned in the style developed by Rude Olsonik.  This style is also referred to as Danish Modern.  The pieces are turned from Mahogany and Wenge.  The height ranges from 11 1/8" up to 13 1/4" and base diameters range from 1 9/16" up to 1 7/8".  The base on each piece is hollowed out to accept weights for improved stability.  A green felt pad is inserted into a recess on the bottom that covers the weights.

This set is an example of the type of turnings that may be commisionned from LatheScapes.  Use our convenient Information Request form for more details.

Note:  The timbers used to create these candlesticks were obtained from our friends at Exotic Lumber of Annapolis.



Catlog #90Walnut Serpentine Bowl  November, 2004
Catalog #90
Source: Small farm near Warminster, MD
Base: 1 13/16" dia
Height: 3 5/16"
Max Width : 8 1/2"
Wall Thickness: 1/8"

Catalog #88
Flamed Box  Elder Vase
October 2004
Source: The Hockenberys in Annapolis, MD
Base: 4 3/4" dia.
Height: 6 7/8"
Max Width: 7 3/4"
Wall Thickness: 3/16"

Walnut Hollow Form
Catalog #57
August 2003
Source: Private residence in Columbia, Maryland
Base: 1 1/2" dia.
Height: 4 1/2"
Opening Diameter:  2 3/8"
Max Width: 9 1/2"

Catalog #87
October 2004
Source: Private Residence in Columbia, Maryland
Base" 1 3/4" dia.
Height: 4 1/4"
Width at widest point: 7"
Wall Thickness: 1/8"

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