Falling Leaves Autumn Vase is a turned and airbrushed vase featuring oak and maple leaves. I draw often draw inspiration from Nature. This is part of series of tall Airbrush Vases.
For a very long time I have an interest in adding texture or color to my forms. There are “wood purists” who are against adding decorative techniques to wood and they get quite emotional about this. I don’t understand how they come to this position. For me wood is a canvas. What if there were canvas purists? There would be a lot of white paintings.
When I became interested in Airbrushing I could not find anyone to take lessons so I began to self teach. It was painful with many failures, but I was determined to figure it out. There is a saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I didn’t know anything about the airbrush. Adjusting the spray, mixing the colors and keeping the airbrush from clogging are challenging still. Finally, I started to make progress. It is amazing how many paths woodturning has taken me.
Making a deep vase is more challenging than making a bowl. The opening is narrow and it is deeper. At times I use a special tool called a Steady Rest. It supports the vase while it spins. Without a Steady Rest turning can be dangerous if the wood loosens from the chuck. When this happens duck, pray and take a break and check for blood.
If you like Falling Leaves Autumn Vase take a look at some other airbrushed items.
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These tall airbrush vases are unique pieces as are all the items that I make in my studio in Montvale, NJ USA.