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by Bob Rotche
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Amphora Verde
Replies: 9
Views: 55

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: 8
Views: 49

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
Replies: 9
Views: 55

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
Replies: 9
Views: 55

Amphora Verde

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: 14
Views: 118

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: 14
Views: 225

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: 190

Re: Grape Juice Container

Nice job, Chuck! I'd say you're ready for the demo.
by Bob Rotche
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Who Laid This Egg?
Replies: 11
Views: 279

Re: Who Laid This Egg?

Not sure who did it but it is really nice and would love to see more of his/her work!
by Bob Rotche
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Bear was here
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Bear was here

Really like this, Wolfgang. Your design has a nice "graphic" feel to it and is well balanced without being too symetrical. The colors work well. Clearly a Doug Fisher influence but I think you are moving it in your own direction which is the real challenge. Great to get influences from the wonderful...
by Bob Rotche
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Pyro'd vase
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Pyro'd vase

Good for you, Curt! I love when people push outside their comfort zone. Wood burning is a very useful and addictive tool to add to your arsenal. Sounds like you've already found Molly Wintons videos. Definitely a great place to start and probably the most thorough yet still entertaining single sourc...
by Bob Rotche
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: A Christmas story of sorts
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: A Christmas story of sorts

Great story! Win-win for all involved.
by Bob Rotche
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Just Finished-Bottle-Neck Basket
Replies: 15
Views: 321

Re: Just Finished-Bottle-Neck Basket

Nice! Congrats on getting into the show!
by Bob Rotche
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl- Winner TOTW 1-7-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 698

Re: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl

Really nice. Great idea to go with an ogee curve on a natural edge bowl giving it sort of a refined rusticity. Not sure why we don't see that more often. Will have to give it a try.
by Bob Rotche
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Dyed Lidded Birch Vase- Winner TOTW 12-17-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 418

Re: Dyed Liidded Birch Vase

Really interesting shape. Definitely out of the ordinary. I like the way you replicated the shape in the knob. Will be curious to hear how the India ink holds up over time. I feel like some of my transtint pieces aren't as vibrant as they used to be.
by Bob Rotche
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Spirit of Snowdonia
Replies: 17
Views: 225

Re: Spirit of Snowdonia

Love the crispness of the details. Agree with Mike on the proportions. Its a good example of the "rule" of thirds. Not a hard and fast rule, but one that will rarely steer you wrong. I'm sure the buyer will love it.
by Bob Rotche
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Too Many Mushrooms
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Too Many Mushrooms

I'm a fan of vibrant color so I do like it. Wonder if it would be possible to blend the color changes rather than have sharp divisions. Might be too hard to do but I think that could be an area to look for improvement. I do think the black border separating the color from the natural wood works well.
by Bob Rotche
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Sapele Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Sapele Bowl

Another impressive bit of carving. Looks very uniform and well done. I really like the idea of the coping saw blades in a handle. seems like they could be very useful in certain carving/piercing situation. Will have to make me one of them!
by Bob Rotche
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: The 5 hour roughout.
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: The 5 hour roughout.

That sounds a lot like work! Any idea what the before and after weight is?
by Bob Rotche
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: 2017 Snow Folk Family Portrait- Winner TOTW 12-10-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 436

Re: 2017 Snow Folk Family Portrait

We all have things we look forward to in the holiday season. It might be music or a particular food or even a picture of Steve Schlumpf's decorated lathe! One of the things I have come to look forward to is Curt's snow family. They always have a unique personality implied only by shape, proportion a...
by Bob Rotche
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Some Like It Hot
Replies: 10
Views: 269

Re: Some Like It Hot

I agree with all that has been said. You have some serious carving skills! I like carving as well and used to carve with hand tools but just can't argue with the speed and freedom of power carving (grain direction not quite as critical though still matters). I also agree that no embellishment in the...
by Bob Rotche
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Laburnum hollow form-12-3-2017 TOTW
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Laburnum hollow form

Wow. I really love this one. Beautiful shape and perfect use of the sapwood on the rim. The texture adds so much in both visual and tactile interest. This one is a real winner for me. I hope we can get a better picture posted.
by Bob Rotche
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Walnuts in walnut
Replies: 22
Views: 405

Re: Walnuts in walnut

Ok. I'm going to be the outlier here. I really like it. For any of you that have followed my work, you know that I'm a big fan of color so I'm not at all put off by that aspect. I think the walnut shells are a really interesting shape and I think the two shades of blue work well together. I do strug...
by Bob Rotche
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: English Walnut bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: English Walnut bowl

Really striking coloration and great form. Doesn't get much better than that!
by Bob Rotche
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Other Woodworking Projects
Topic: Nautilus Windows
Replies: 3
Views: 111

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 of se...
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: 409

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...