I made this series of Goblets and Shot Glasses as an exercise to push me to make thin wall wood objects. The goal was to have a bunch of samples to test ideas for paints, stains and other finishing techniques. All the forms are off the lathe. Once I create a satisfactory form the piece goes to the workbench where secondary processes take place to decorate each item.
My primary tool is the wood lathe. I secure a block of wood to the lathe and while spinning at a high speed handheld cutting tools peel away layers of wood. It is very satisfying to discover the unique qualities hidden in each piece of wood. Once the shape is complete I sand it on the lathe. Next the piece is goes to the workbench for decoration and finishing. There are many methods available for decoration. These include pyrography which is a wood burning technique that leaves a brand on the surface. The Maker bends metal wires into various shapes to make symbols to tell a story. Staining, painting and airbrushing add color to the piece.
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All of my designs like Goblets and Shot Glasses take place in my Montvale, New Jersey studio. Often I will devote more time decorating and finishing a piece at the workbench then the item was on the lathe. Some of the different techniques include pyrography, carving with power tools and dental drills, paint and stains.