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by Bob Rotche
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Other Woodworking Projects
Topic: Nautilus Windows
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Nautilus Windows

I spent the past week at Arrowmont in a power carving class with Kristin LeVier. She's an excellent teacher and Arrowmont is really a wonderful place. No turning on this one but thought I'd share it anyway. Its about 3.5 x 12" and carved from poplar and painted black. I'm intrigued by the idea ...
by Bob Rotche
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Tidal Treasure- Winner TOTW 11-5-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: Tidal Treasure

I had the pleasure of seeing this piece from start to finish as I was in the class with Dick. I can tell you, he is an excellent student and very capably applied Jacque's techniques. What I really love about this piece, however, is that it says something about Dick. We often wonder what we should ma...
by Bob Rotche
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: George's Telescope Combined Threads - TOTW 05-22-2016
Replies: 172
Views: 2426

Re: George's Telescope Combined Threads - TOTW 05-22-2016

I really think we need to establish a "Turning of the Year" award as the only way to do this piece justice. Of course that means you need to finish by December 31st...
by Bob Rotche
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Evolutions
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Evolutions

Thanks, all, for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate the feedback and am always interested to see how people interpret an abstract piece. Mike, this one isn't for any competition, it was just the voices in my head that needed to come out.
by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Evolutions
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Evolutions

Second in a sculptural series I've been experimenting with. Measures about 8 x 10". Cherry and hophornbeam (not that it matters) and painted with acrylics.

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by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Tidal Treasure- Winner TOTW 11-5-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: Tidal Treasure

Great to see the finished piece, Dick! Definitely worth the wait. Agree with all the comments above but especially Les's about the sense of fun you bring to your work and how it just makes people smile. I think that's why I'm such a big fan of what you do.
by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Blackwood
Replies: 14
Views: 279

Re: Blackwood

Nice work, Hughie! Interesting variation on your classic fluted forms.
by Bob Rotche
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Autumn Equinox
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: Autumn Equinox

Very impressive carving. Even more so knowing you did it all with hand tools!
by Bob Rotche
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ornament with matching stand
Replies: 7
Views: 102

Re: Ornament with matching stand

Really nice work, Curt. Agree that the stand ties in beautifully.
by Bob Rotche
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Check this out
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: Check this out

Congrats!!! Well deserved.
by Bob Rotche
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Souls Escaping Purgatory
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Souls Escaping Purgatory

Really nice bowl and congrats on the sale!
by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ash canker pot
Replies: 13
Views: 210

Re: Ash canker pot

I really like this one, Les! Very interesting wood and excellent form to show it off.
by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Jovianesque- Winner TOTW 10-15-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 554

Re: Jovianesque- Winner TOTW 10-15-2017

Thank you, Alan! I've been having fun turning spheres since the AAW exhibition this year where that was one of the themes. Learned how to make them at a class back in 2011 but never really got into them until I had to relearn it for the show. They can be rather addictive as they are fairly quick to ...
by Bob Rotche
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Lotsa Sanding
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Lotsa Sanding

Really cool, Dick. As I've said before, i'm a big fan of your graphic style. This one seems to have an art deco look, especially the sunburst pattern. Feels to me like an architectural element that should be cast in bronze and adorning a New York art deco building. Keep us posted as you decide how t...
by Bob Rotche
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Mixed media- Winner TOTW 10-29-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 478

Re: Mixed media

Good job, Mike! My first thought was "trilobites crawling along an ancient river bed". Pretty cool and glad it sold. Lets hear more about your full time turning plans...
by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Vortex No. 4- Winner TOTW 10-1-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 315

Re: Vortex No. 4

I can tell you from seeing this style bowl at several exhibitions that the public loves these. Maybe its the pattern, maybe its the "howdhedodat?" factor but they seem to attract a ton of attention. This one takes the style to the next level with the bright kaleidoscope color and pattern a...
by Bob Rotche
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Painting of a woodturning
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: Painting of a woodturning

I think that's really cool!
by Bob Rotche
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Gone awry
Replies: 15
Views: 380

Re: Gone awry

Personally, it doesn't really do it for me but the concept has promise. I feel like if you wanted to just fill the cracks, something like coffee+epoxy works well. If you wanted to do something bold like you did, I would have taken it a step further and extended the cracks or incorporated them into s...
by Bob Rotche
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Drailles
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: Drailles

I think it is a slippery slope when we start compartmentalizing forms as "good'' or "bad". There are certainly forms that are more universally appealing, perhaps because they are what we are used to. Forms that tend to follow the "rule of thirds" for example are generally ap...
by Bob Rotche
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Drailles
Replies: 14
Views: 294

Re: Drailles

+1 on all of the above.
by Bob Rotche
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Vortex No. 4- Winner TOTW 10-1-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 315

Re: Vortex No. 4

Wow! Striking pattern and the colors really take it up a notch. Very well done.
by Bob Rotche
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Fly boxes- Winner TOTW 9-24-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 329

Re: Fly boxes

Really cool idea, Curt! They look great.
by Bob Rotche
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Native American Form - Winner TOTW 9-16-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Re: Native American Form

That's a real beauty, Pete. Pattern and color combo looks great and I love the fact that you don't let the segmenting interfere with achieving a pleasing underlying form. Fit and finish look perfect from here.
by Bob Rotche
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: First spiral- Winner TOTW 9-10-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 444

Re: First spiral

Really nicely done! Glad you found the tutorial in the front page archives. There's still a lot of really good information there even though it has been inactive for some time now.
by Bob Rotche
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: My new shop
Replies: 20
Views: 404

Re: My new shop

Looks fantastic! Curious where they get their funding. Certainly can't pay rent, electricity, and equipment costs on $40 a year! There was a group looking into setting something like this up in my area but cost would be couple hundred a month and the idea never got off the ground.

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