ITE day 36, July 7, 2013. Heather Lineberry, the ITE visiting scholar from Arizona State University, arrived over the weekend and spends the day on the studio meeting everyone and learning about their work. The group gets back to work after visiting the Nakashima studios in New Hope on Saturday.
Our Open Studio day looms this coming Saturday, July 13, and it’s not long until the ITE exhibition. Abruptly this summerlong experience begins to feel like it’s more than half over, though not quite into the home stretch.
On Monday evening we downed tools and headed south on the Broad Street subway line to enjoy the Phillies versus the Washington Nationals, first exposure to major league baseball for the Brits and Aussies, and an all-American summertime pleasure for me and Ben. We all had a fine time.
Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling show paper models to Heather Lineberry, the 2013 visiting scholar.
Heather Lineberry, the 2013 ITE visiting scholar, meets Gaynor Dowling and discusses her work.
Malcolm Martin teases wet poplar veneer around a hot pipe bending apparatus. Luthiers use the hot-pipe method for instrument sides.
Malcolm Martin tries soaking poplar veneers, then sews them into a vessel shape. Inserting a bottom might be problematic.
Gaynor Dowling drills tiny holes into the much-carved oak monolith. She plans to dye the wood black, then stitch red-orange thread into the holes.
Ben Carpenter sketches on the blackboard. Ben likes the blackboard’s erasable expanse. He also likes his new straw hat.
Ben Carpenter sits to carve an osage orange sculpture. We all wish the yellow color would persist even as we know it will go brown soon.
Ben Carpenter turns a sushi platter from a plank of maple. The plankwise piece is an airplane propeller on the lathe.
Ben Carpenter’s sushi platter.
- Ben Carpenter is surprised by how quickly this green-turned plate begins to warp and distort.
Neil Turner’s ash vessel has been turned and sawn, and now he plans to bend it. The short grain might make that difficult.
Neil Turner inserts spacers to force the ash wood to bend in the steamer.
Neil Turner’s steam-bending setup. The piece is in the galvanized bucket, with steam entering via the black hose. The lid is a loose fit. It doesn’t take long to soften the green-turned ash wood.
Neil Turner wipes polyurethane varnish onto three turned-and-carved vessels. We all want some finished work to show at Saturday’s open house.
Phillies pummel the Washington Nationals 3-2. Not exactly pummel: they built an early lead, then the game bumbled along until the ninth when Washington rallied. But the home team prevailed.
At the Phillies game shooting a selfie with a wide-angle lens. From left, John Kelsey, Malcolm Martin, Gaynor Dowling, Ben Carpenter, Suellen Turner, Neil Turner.