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by Bob Rotche
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: 5 hour roughout...completed
Replies: 8
Views: 80

Re: 5 hour roughout...completed

Wow! That's a monster of a bowl. Really well done. (Love Curt's assessment!)
by Bob Rotche
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Persimmon, as promised
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: Persimmon, as promised

Nice form, Mike, and as we all know, that is the most important feature of any bowl. Agree that this piece of persimmon isn't the most attractive but I wouldn't judge the whole species on just one piece. I've had limited experience with the wood but found that it turned beautifully and at least this...
by Bob Rotche
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Happy Goldfish BOC Box
Replies: 7
Views: 70

Re: Happy Goldfish BOC Box

Love it, Dick! Classic Kelly artwork and for a great cause.
by Bob Rotche
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Rattlesnake basket
Replies: 9
Views: 105

Re: Rattlesnake basket

Wow! Retirement seems to be really agreeing with you. Your output and rate of improvement are impressive to say the least!
by Bob Rotche
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Beautiful Bowl/Terrible Pic
Replies: 14
Views: 136

Re: Beautiful Bowl/Terrible Pic

Form looks to be about perfect and really nice wood from what I can see. A bit glossy for me but thats purely personal preference.
by Bob Rotche
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Bye way of introduction.
Replies: 12
Views: 129

Re: Bye way of introduction.

Welcome, Rob, and I agree with all of the above. Really high quality work with great attention to detail. Looking forward to seeing more.
by Bob Rotche
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Another Copy
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Another Copy

Gorgeous design and incredibly well done.
by Bob Rotche
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Pewa Practice
Replies: 10
Views: 112

Re: Pewa Practice

Looks great. I think the pewas really add to it decoratively as well as functionally. How much work are they to do?
by Bob Rotche
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Murmuration- Winner TOTW 2-18-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 359

Re: Murmuration

As you know, I'm a sucker for carved and painted and this is a masterful example of the style. Also great to see that you've found a way to combine your two passions. My choice for TOTW 2/18/18. Hope I'll get to see it in Portland!
by Bob Rotche
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Can this marriage survive?
Replies: 16
Views: 273

Re: Can this marriage survive?

I can't tell you how impressed I am by your rapid progression in this style, Curt. Also love to see people passionate about what they are doing.
by Bob Rotche
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Big [really big] Beautiful Grizzly Beast
Replies: 9
Views: 141

Re: Big [really big] Beautiful Grizzly Beast

Congrats, Roger! Looks like it will serve you well for many years to come.
by Bob Rotche
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Splits and cracks, but not a leg in sight!
Replies: 14
Views: 151

Re: Splits and cracks, but not a leg in sight!

One of my favorite shapes, Les, and it shows the wood off well. Might have gone a tad thinner though not sure the wood would allow you to do that. Also seems that the transition to the widest point at the bottom is just a bit abrupt. Very subtle nit picking point but thought you would appreciate ful...
by Bob Rotche
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: 2018...so far
Replies: 14
Views: 143

Re: 2018...so far

Really impressive output, Mike! Though if you're not careful, it may start to feel like work... Good luck with your shows.
by Bob Rotche
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Summer Marsh
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Summer Marsh

Been out of town for awhile so just getting caught up. Love the carving and vibrant colors. Great to see you combining your two passions. Looking forward to seeing more in the series.
by Bob Rotche
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: More Bad Pizza- Winner TOTW 2-10-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 392

Re: More Bad Pizza- Winner TOTW 2-10-2018

Late to the party as I've been out of the country for several weeks but looks like you did a great job! Hard to believe you're just figuring the technique out. Congrats on a well deserved TOTW.
by Bob Rotche
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018

Thank you for the TOTW honors, Alan! I'm currently traveling in Patagonia but was excited to see this in one of my snippets of internet access.
by Bob Rotche
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: 3-Legged Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 218

Re: 3-Legged Bowl

I really like this one, Les! And I agree completely with your assessment. Love the way the legs protrude through the piece and definitely has a retro vibe to it. I think you did a nice job with the curves and proportions.
by Bob Rotche
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: Amphora Verde

The carving was done with a micromotor rotary tool. I personally like the Mastercarver Micro Pro
by Bob Rotche
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: Amphora Verde

Here are a couple pics showing the leaves before carving. Don't have any of the handles but there was a lot of trial and error involved!
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by Bob Rotche
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Spalted Birch Bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: Spalted Birch Bowl

Form looks spot on. Really nice work.
by Bob Rotche
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: Amphora Verde

Thanks, all. Here are a couple of in process pics. The leaves were carved from a band left proud of the surface. The handles were a real bear and the crux of the project. They are carved from separate pieces and fitted to the form. Used cardboard templates to get close and still took multiple attemp...
by Bob Rotche
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Amphora Verde- Winner TOTW 1-28-2018

Honored to have had this piece selected for the AAW POP show, "Out of the Woods- Traditional Form Revisited". It is based on the traditional form of the amphora. About 6" tall, turned from madrone, carved and then painted with acrylics. Amphora Verde small 1.jpg Amphora Verde small 2.jpg Amphora Ver...
by Bob Rotche
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: A Geometer's Treasure box
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: A Geometer's Treasure box

Congrats on getting accepted to the POP exhibition! I look forward to seeing this classic Foster piece (and hopefully you too) in person.
by Bob Rotche
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Tea Time- Winner TOTW 1-14-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 404

Re: Tea Time

I love collaborations. When done well, the voice of each individual artist comes through loud and clear yet the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This piece fits the bill. Michael created one of his classic Gibson tea pots which became the perfect canvas for John Mydock's pyrography magic....
by Bob Rotche
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Grape Juice Container
Replies: 10
Views: 254

Re: Grape Juice Container

Nice job, Chuck! I'd say you're ready for the demo.