I think I mentioned a while back that I’ve been working on a vase.
It started out as an end-grain turned piece, made from a large chunk of spalted Alaskan birch that has been drying for several years.
The vase evolved along the way to include an accent ring of walnut at the shoulder.
I liked how it looked naturally, but I had something specific in mind for this vase right from the very start.
It’s taken a couple of months, but in my not so humble opinion it was worth the effort:
The color is from multiple applications of different analyine dyes applied over a month’s time. The finish is many, many coats of wipe-on polyacrylic, sanded between applications. The yellow sculpted areas are not naturally occurring, I do that with a variety of powered carving tools. The interior is yellow - because I like the contrast – and left with a natural wood finish.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy with how this one came out.