My objective with Sunken Treasure Bowl is to make a Native American style vessel with a band around the side. It was a promising piece of Manzanita burl wood and when I began the process it turned out to be an ugly block of wood with blotchy coloring. I went on vacation and when I returned the piece was totally deformed and cracked.
Lets step back a few centuries to the Bronze Age. With some copper paint and oxidizer I can achieve an antique effect. I enjoy creating pieces that no longer look like wood though this is not my initial intention with this piece. Just means I must remain flexible when design opportunities become available. The size is 6 inch diameter by 5 inches tall.
It is fun to change the appearance of wood to metal. It is a theme that I often pursue. The viewer will pick it up and believe it is metal. Madrone changes shape when it dries making it a perfect material produce organic shapes. The process is to make shape, paint it with copper and oxidizer creating the patina.
Here is a link to another piece like Sunken Treasure Bowl with this patina treatment Faux Antique Vessel
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I produce all of my items in Montvale, NJ, USA studio by dividing my time between the lathe and finishing at the workbench. My primary machine is the wood lathe. I use this tool to create the form. Once the shape is complete I take the piece to the workbench for secondary operations. This may include carving, piercing, pyrography which is a wood burning technique. Once these processes are complete I will sand and add a protective finish.