We’re all keen to get back into the studio after four eye-popping days on the road, and all five of us dig in hard on Tuesday morning. First, though, we meet with Albert LeCoff to review our calendar. The ITE is a busy time with lots to do and see, alongside lots of energy to stay in the shop and work.
Gaynor Dowling and Jay Cox review the ITE program thus far with Albert LeCoff, director of the Center for Art in Wood.
Ben Carpenter can’t wait to start turning the osage orange he found by the roadside in Maryland.
It didn’t take Ben very long to turn the first chunk of osage orange into a graceful bowl. We don’t yet know how the brilliant color will hold up.
Neil Turner, meanwhile, warms up by turning some little boxes. The central stem indexes with the lid, very clever.
After turning the little boxes, Neil power-carves their outsides.
Malcolm Martin responds to the “turning” and “vessel” aspects of our residency by carving and sewing a small bottle.
Small bottle carved by Malcolm then textured and sewn by Gaynor reveals how their low-tech carving style responds to the concepts of “vessel” and “turning.”
With the little sewn bottle a success, Malcolm tries carving the interior of a larger bottle that more resembles their other work.
Here’s the textured exterior of the carved bottle with drilled holes for sewing the two halves together.
Gaynor Dowling tries using the lathe as a holding device while she carves the exterior of a bowl that Ben turned.
Gaynor Dowling shows Ben Carpenter the result of her carving on his turned bowl.
Turning is about roundness so Malcolm tries another route to roundness. After investigating bending plywood, he tries hot-pipe bending a sawn strip of walnut that Gaynor textured by carving. It bends pretty good!
John Kelsey is using the lathe as a device for making parts, here the pivots for a mechanical linkage that draws an interesting shape.