pat miller

"Scanning the Heavens"

I have a few good sized pieces of old spalted curly Mango that I got from friend Ron Gerton. This came back on a pallet from Hawaii many many years ago and had been sitting around enjoying and feeling the effects of the 4 seasons of Central Washington...drying and decaying.... I have been turning spheres both hollow and solid and setting them on turned "space chair" stands mostly small in the 3" x 6" range. I wanted to try something bigger. The sphere is 6-1/2" in diameter and hollowed to a 3/8" wall thickness. I'm not obsessed with thin walls- just don't want it to feel "heavy". The stand is also turned from the same wood with the ID matched to the OD of the sphere for a nice fit. Overall this is 13-1/2" tall. I like carving the seat portion of the stand to add some interest and in this case I used the out line of the big Island of Hawaii outlined in black matching the ebony top for the vessel. I think the wood actually came from Oahu but we ain't gonna be splitting hairs...... My tendency is to measure and center everything but I like this offset. The first thing it reminded me of was a radio telescope installation hence the name :) Finished with lacquer. Thank you for looking!

"Scanning the Heavens"
pat miller, Aug 7, 2017
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