Sometimes you're making a turning that doesn't fit into one of the normal categories. That led me to look up the definition of sculpture. Here it is:
The art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster.
I think that many woodturners actually make sculpture and not all of them know it. I hope that more turners will share their thoughts on their sculpture work. Please send the editor an email.
|Making an Erosion Vase|
By: Neil Scobie
In this project, the late Neil Scobie shows us how he turns the deep vase and then how he sculpts it into his erosion theme. He also gives us some tips on how to get the shape of the vase. It's wonderfully creative.
|Making an Offset Doughnut Sculpture|
By: Neil Scobie
In this project, the late Neil Scobie shows us how to turn an incredble offset ring and then use it to create this unique sculpture. Just seeing this technique can get your creative juices flowing.
|Making a Leaf Bowl|
By: Neil Scobie
In this project, the late Neil Scobie shows us how he turns two sides of a board to create the basics of a leaf shape. He completes the project including feet on the bowl with carving tools.
|Making a Helix|
By: Larry Hancock
Larry shows us how he turns a thin bowl and then cuts it apart to create this helix sculpture.
|Segmented Tubular Sculpture |
By: Al Miotke
One of the fascinating aspects of segmented design is the ability to create sculptural forms that cannot be created with other turning techniques. One of the sculptural techniques called tubular construction was made popular by Malcolm Tibbetts with the many complex tangled forms that he has created in the past ten years. The subject of this article is the construction process for a similar form which was titled Victory. If you have completed a few ring segmented bowls and vases and are ready to tackle some more complex projects, a form using some of the techniques described in this article might be for you. You will find that most of the work for this project is done off the lathe but every ring was initially created on the lathe. Hopefully this article will give you some inspiration for your own adventure in tubular sculptures.
|Creating a |
By: Terry Scott
In this one-page article, Terry explains how he turned this tree with eight burls on it into a 3-D sculpture. His process all makes sense after reading it but it sure takes a lot of fine tuning to get a good turning setup and even then a lot of expertise/guts!
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