This is a Universe Wooden Vase is turned on a wood lathe. Once the wood vase form is complete I will spend more time finishing the vase to tell a story. I cut a recess into the top rim and hand place each color pencils into the cutout. Then, I flood the rim with tinted resin to fill the voids and seal the pencils in place. Back to the lathe to trim the pencils and bring the piece to life. Now I add graphic elements using pyrography and the airbrush to complete the Universe Wooden Vase.
Pyrography is a branding technique with a tool that looks like a soldering iron. Not like the ones we had in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts that never worked. Now the pyrography tools are very complex and expensive. With the pyrography tools, I began to brand the wood from the bottom up with symbols for water, then birds as life and finally the stars for the universe. In addition to this I then airbrush layers of colorful tints to give the piece depth. The wooden vase size is a 6-inch diameter by 5 1/2 tall.
I use color pencils in many of my pieces. They appear in my wood jewelry as well as on my wood bowls. This has become a signature feature in much of my art. Here is one example of a bowl with a similar rim. https://www.aaturning.com/product/oak-bowl-with-colored-pencil-rim/
I thought I should share with you the lathe I use. It is the Robust, American Beauty, Made in the USA. It is one of the pricier machines on the market and probably the best. This is my second lathe. I didn’t want to be constantly upgrading so I made the investment in the best machine available and never looked back.. http://www.turnrobust.com/american-beauty/