The atmosphere in the shop is very playful. Everyone is engaged in a fresh way.
Sean’s work is as unpredictable as ever. This morning he had cut beads into the exterior of the osage orange piece on the lathe.
Later, this is how the piece had developed: Sean colored the interior bright scarlet. Then he cut the beads nearly apart on the bandsaw and inserted ebony wedges to open up and bend the form. Stay tuned: this piece is still evolving.
This is how far he has come on the first piece he started, the oak ring sculpture. Here, he is holding in position three of the carved pieces. A fourth is not shown.
Siegfried has turned some deep bowls of box elder in addition to the wave forms he continues work on.
I don’t know, but judging from their shapes, I suspect that these bowls may be intended for a collaboration with Jean-François.
Peter helped Siegfried out by cutting a stack of poplar for Siegfried to turn into waves.
Jean-François turned another form for a new cement vessel. He has textured the interior (for the exterior of the cement bowl) with an Arbortech.
He also continues with his oak bowl series. Here, he is parting off the second bowl.
Peter manages to get some of his own work done despite spending most of his days helping everyone else. Here is his first wall piece, made from used concrete forms. The oak frame was colored using Jean-François’s vinegar-and-steel-wool technique.
While Peter was busy helping others, Jane tried on a few of his honey-locust-and-cable pieces for size. I’m not sure Peter has realized that his work is wearable.
Peter also pitched in to try to repair a dripping air-conditioning unit.
Then we talked him into doing another master class in cement casting. He added cable segments and glitter (are you paying attention, Hilary?) to this sample.
Jane used a piece of chainsawn honey locust to cast another sample. Siegfried added a wave/whale’s tail.
I tried my hand at forming a freehand bowl over a pile of shavings.
After removing the first sample from the form, Peter used water and a wire brush to expose the cable before the cement had finished setting.
On the left, you can see the cast chainsawn texture from the second sample. I will burn out the shavings from my sample after the cement has set overnight. I didn’t achieve much of a bowl shape, but it did give me a feel for the process for a more serious attempt.
Jean-François’s third vessel will be a hollow form. To cast the interior, he turned a form from a two-inch block of Styrofoam.
He then suspended the form from a stick using double-stick tape . . .
and mixed and poured the cement. This mix is gray, in between the white and black of the first two bowls. Tomorrow, he will use acetone or lacquer thinner to dissolve the Styrofoam form, leaving a void in its place.