I usually turn and carve large bowls. As some of you know, in addition to bowls and vases I also turn decorative birdhouses.
These are Eastern Red Cedar and polished Alaskan Birch.
Lately, instead of turning larger and larger bowls, I’ve been going in the other direction, i.e. small, making doll house bowls and tiny little vases.
For an artist, it’s always a good thing to stretch a bit. Stretch and squint…
Since I was turning small bowls, I thought I would try some tiny doll house sized bird houses as well – which unlike the bowls require very, very exacting workmanship so that the pieces fit together. I know a jeweler who makes small carved pendent earrings from exotic hardwoods (we’re not talking Kraft Korner here, his stuff sells for hundreds of dollars). The meticulous skill behind this intrigues me. I wondered if I could combine that particular art-form with turning.
Here’s the first result (that I actually completed, there were other attempts, the pieces are scattered around the shop floor – entertainment for ShopKat).
These are Epe, a hardwood from South America. The little roofs are rosewood, gilded In copper, as are the bases. They are turned on my Midi lathe using little tiny turning tools and a great big magnifying glass.
For something so small, they are a huge pain.