My Sculpture Weblog: Mazer (M2)

Good day Everybody

This work was simply alleged to be a fast sketch. One thing to assist me as I study the method of resin stabilizing hardwood. However as is at all times the case, the challenge grew and a month slipped handed, and now I’ve this glorious Mazer model bowl to share with all of you.

Stabilizing wooden is a course of that each strengthens a bit of wooden, and makes it dimensionally steady in order that it may be utilized in additional precision purposes.

In earlier initiatives, I relied on sourcing stabilized materials from different expert makers. However as my want to make new shapes and types grew, I shortly realized I had outgrown the configurations and dimensions of fabric that had been available. I approached a number of individuals who focus on stabilization with particular requests and was alternately informed that it was not attainable, or not worthwhile, to make stabilized wooden in the configurations and dimensions that I wished.

I might stay with, “not attainable” if it had been true, however “not worthwhile” gave the impression of a foolish cause to not do one thing, so I needed to strive it myself to see what was what.

The method isn’t terribly sophisticated and the setup comparatively inexpensive in case you have a small house to make a large number. It entails drying the wooden, then putting it in a vacuum chamber whereas submerged in a particular resin.

Below vacuum, a lot of the air and residual moister are pulled from the wooden (you may by no means actually get all of it). After many hours underneath vacuum, strain is returned to the chamber and the resin is pressured deeper into the wooden by regular atmospheric strain and good previous capillary motion.

After a protracted soak, the wooden is then positioned in an oven the place the resin cures and hardens. The result’s a plasticized piece of wooden that’s excellent for machining and different effective craft work.

It’s a fascinating course of to study, and I’m simplifying only a bit. This work represents my first try at utilizing a bit of wooden from my very own course of. The wooden you see is a bit of Maple Burl. It was stabilized as a 7″ spherical and completed down to six”diameter.

The metallic particulars are all in Chrome steel. I went with a picket bowl kind as a result of I simply love the work of so many wooden turners. However since I’m not fairly a wooden turner myself, I went with a really ornate model of bowl known as a Mazer. A much more ornamental than purposeful object for certain. That is what occurs whenever you give a machinist wooden to show I assume. 

Anyhow, this is step one on my journey in the direction of a way more bold piece. I’ve yet one more “small sketch” that I used to be planning, however contemplating how lengthy this primary one took, I may need delay that work for a short time. I’m simply undecided there’s time in my present work circulate. However we’ll see what occurs.

Thanks for wanting, and as at all times, feedback and questions are welcome.