Hollow-Turned Lidded Container
Redwood Burl and Ebony Wood
It is rare that I find a source of raw material with as complex and intricate markings as this particular piece of redwood burl. In late 2004, I took on a new student from the Washington DC area. It was at his second weekend-long class that he hand-carried on his flight a rather large athletic bag containing two chucks of a log that he retrieved from his business clients' lumber mill. They were ready to send these beautiful pieces of wood to the fire bin!
Well, after working with my student for the weekend, I knew that I could not let him carry at least one unfinished piece of this wood back to DC. After much arm twisting and bartering for one of my small lidded containers, I ended up with this unique piece of wood stock. That student ended up after a two-day turning session with his own Hollow Vessel (if I might say so, I got the better of the two pieces). Thank you, Michael!
This lidded container has a turned African Blackwood ring inserted into the opening at the top for stability and support. Another ring of Blackwood was added to the lid, so that the lid functions with tightly fitted friction between the stable African Blackwood inserts. Neither can be seen when the lid is closed. Ebony was used for the small finial at the top of the lid.
Photography by Peter Shefler © 2005 Clearstory Studios