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by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde
Replies: 15
Views: 106

Re: Amphora Verde

Lovely piece. I have no idea how hard madrone is, but why would you not use conventional carving tools, especially for the grooves running down the sides? They remove a lot more material than your rotary grinders, and leave a smooth surface. They do need a little more practice, and are tricky to use...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Raised Platter
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Raised Platter

The ring in the stand is made from a 1/4" slice of holly (white) sandwiched in between pieces of wenge (which were cut from a single slab, and then oriented such that it looks as if the grain runs through, but it doesn't. For the legs I cut a template from a piece of plywood and then marked out and ...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Raised Platter
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Raised Platter

Over the years, I have made a few of these in various heights and dimensions. This platter is about 15" diameter and made from ash, with the stand made from a piece of holly sandwiched between wenge slices and the legs made from black walnut. The stand is about 8" tall. Initially the idea was to tur...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Blackwood vase Acacia Melanoxylon
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: Blackwood vase Acacia Melanoxylon

Hughie, I usually like your work, but I have to say this one doesn't do much for me. I think in this case less would have been more. There's just too much going on on the surface for my taste.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Maple Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Maple Bowl

Yes, there are limitations. I recently showed a picture on here of a lidded bowl, where the lid has a solid core of purpleheart, and then there's a ring around it made from oak and walnut. The ring is solid, but now in winter the core has shrunk, and there's a small gap opening up on one side. Not m...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Bear was here
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Bear was here

This piece is about 10" diameter. It was originally meant as a shallow bowl with a wide rim and some decoration on the rim, but there was enough "meat" left in it to do something else. The design came about after a few drinks and just sort of "philosophisizing" (if that is a word) about what to do w...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Maple Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Maple Bowl

Ooh, I like this. I especially like the fact that you went to the effort of making a segmented rim for it. That's quite a bit of work just to go that tiny extra mile. But the piece of maple is not to be sniffed at, either.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Cherry Burl Bowl?
Replies: 10
Views: 241

Re: Cherry Burl Bowl?

I am afraid this one's not for me. To me this looks a little like Baba Yaga's Hut in the pictures at an exhibition.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Bear was here
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Bear was here

I am a great admirer of the work of Douglas J Fisher. He lives in (or close to) Vancouver in Canada, and many of his pieces are large diameter wall hangings, with off-centre turning, and intricate carving of Pacific American Native Indian motives, and beautifully coloured. I am pretty much set on do...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: Sing!

Mike Foster wrote:My guess is that someone is going to snap this up. Great work and my choice for TOTW.
Mike: thanks for the nomination. Sadly your guess will most likely go unanswered. There is almost no audience here in the UK for this sort of work, and most galleries are not interested in wood.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017

Thank you all very much for choosing this piece. This is definitely a shape I will be experimenting more with in the near future, and the next time with a little more intent.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: Sing!

Oh, I absolutely do. I'd like to thank everybody commenting so far, and the variety of comments has shown exactly this "evocative" element. Quite a range of differing interpretations, and I like that very much. I happen to agree that art should be asking questions or provoke emotions, and I believe ...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Re: Sing!

These shallow, almost flat forms are very difficult for me to hollow. Did you get this one hollowed clear out to the edges? Well, to be honest, I didn't go all the way to the edges, I just hollowed enough to make it look good. Having said that, I have in the past hollowed forms like this , and the ...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 468

Sing!- Winner TOTW 12-31-2017

A sycamore crotch, turned, hollowed, carved, sanded and dyed in numerous shades of red, orange and yellow, on a stand of American black walnut. Finished with Acrylic lacquer. The disc is about 9" diameter. This was originally meant to be a blank for a bowl. However, on closer inspection I found that...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl- Winner TOTW 1-7-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 726

Re: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl

Count yourself lucky. $300 equates to £225. You won't sell any bowl here in the UK for that money, never mind what size they are. Round here you are lucky to get £75 for a 12" bowl, and maybe £120 for a 16" bowl. Which goes a long way to explain why there are essentially no production bowl turners l...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl- Winner TOTW 1-7-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 726

Re: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl

I suspect that most of your customers don't buy your bowls to put them on display, they buy them so they can use them, and in that case their point of view makes perfect sense. I have the very same issues with some of the more practical items I make (candle sticks, tealight holders, pill boxes, etc....
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl- Winner TOTW 1-7-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 726

Re: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl

This is a beautiful bowl, and I do wonder how you managed to keep all that bark on the piece. Shows your skill as a turner, I suppose. As far as the feet are concerned: I do like them, and I don't think they need to be a different shape. I do think, though, that if they were a little less prominent,...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: English Walnut Winged Bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: English Walnut Winged Bowl

Quite a beauty you have here. I like the feet. One little point of critique, if I may: I personally think the rim is too high. This is a very elegant piece and if the rim was half its height, I think it would be even more so.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Dyed Lidded Birch Vase- Winner TOTW 12-17-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 446

Re: Dyed Lidded Birch Vase- Winner TOTW 12-17-2017

Congrats from me too. The only thing that's wrong with this piece is the fact that I didn't make it.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: I get no respect as an artist
Replies: 20
Views: 384

Re: I get no respect as an artist

Now I have to say I can fully understand the spirit of the original post. I have artistic pieces in my range that have a really hard time finding a buyer, yet the £5 lightpulls and the £30 bog standard pill boxes get picked up all the time. I suppose it's a question of right time, right place. Is th...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Do You Like My Decoration?
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Do You Like My Decoration?

Hmm, that tree has uncanny similarities with the Pizza Man from Spaceballs.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Dyed Lidded Birch Vase- Winner TOTW 12-17-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 446

Re: Dyed Liidded Birch Vase

This is a beauty! Shape, grain, colour, finish, love it.
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: Silicone for drying turnings.
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Silicone for drying turnings.

I reckon a 1 1/8" wall thickness on a 19" bowl is pretty dicy already, if that warps you might end up with some parts of the circumference where the inner diameter exceeds the outer diameter 90 degrees further around the rim (you know what I mean, right?). Airflow might make a difference, but I am n...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: Silicone for drying turnings.
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Silicone for drying turnings.

Hi Mike, not wanting to burst your bubble too much, but here's a bit of what will and won't work with these pellets. Essentially they are filled with a material that is extremely hydrophile. This results in a situation where the pellets remove all the water molecules from the air surrounding them. T...
by Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Tis the Season 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Tis the Season 2017

Come on guys, this is nuts. Yes, Steve, it made me smile, so there you go. But really? A decorated lathe? On carpet?