September 30, 2023


How Art Works

My Sculpture Weblog: Mazer (M2)

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Hey Everybody

This work was simply alleged to be a fast sketch. One thing to assist me as I be taught the method of resin stabilizing hardwood. However as is all the time the case, the mission grew and a month slipped handed, and now I’ve this glorious Mazer fashion bowl to share with all of you.

Stabilizing wooden is a course of that each strengthens a chunk of wooden, and makes it dimensionally secure in order that it may be utilized in additional precision purposes.

In earlier tasks, I relied on sourcing stabilized materials from different expert makers. However as my want to make new shapes and types grew, I rapidly realized I had outgrown the dimensions and shapes of fabric that have been available. I approached a couple of individuals who specialise in stabilization with particular requests and was alternately advised that it was not doable, or not worthwhile, to make stabilized wooden in the dimensions and shapes that I wished.

I may reside with, “not doable” if it have been true, however “not worthwhile” seemed like a foolish purpose to not do one thing, so I needed to strive it myself to see what was what.

The method shouldn’t be terribly sophisticated and the setup comparatively inexpensive when you’ve got a small area to make a large number. It includes drying the wooden, then putting it in a vacuum chamber whereas submerged in a particular resin.

Below vacuum, a lot of the air and residual moister are pulled from the wooden (you’ll be able to by no means really get all of it). After many hours beneath vacuum, strain is returned to the chamber and the resin is pressured deeper into the wooden by regular atmospheric strain and good outdated capillary motion.

After a protracted soak, the wooden is then positioned in an oven the place the resin cures and hardens. The result’s a plasticized piece of wooden that’s excellent for machining and different fantastic craft work.

It’s a fascinating course of to be taught, and I’m simplifying only a bit. This work represents my first try at utilizing a chunk of wooden from my very own course of. The wooden you see is a chunk of Maple Burl. It was stabilized as a 7″ spherical and completed down to six”diameter.

The steel particulars are all in Stainless-steel. I went with a picket bowl kind as a result of I simply love the work of so many wooden turners. However since I’m not fairly a wooden turner myself, I went with a really ornate fashion of bowl known as a Mazer. A much more ornamental than practical object for positive. That is what occurs while you give a machinist wooden to show I assume. 

Anyhow, this is step one on my journey in direction of a way more bold piece. I’ve another “small sketch” that I used to be planning, however contemplating how lengthy this primary one took, I may need delay that work for a short while. I’m simply undecided there’s time in my present work circulation. However we are going to see what occurs.

Thanks for trying, and as all the time, feedback and questions are welcome. 
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