Posted on July 8, 2006
Completed: July 2006
Availability / Cost: Sold - AUD $950
Dimensions: 56 cm x 29 cm x 18 cm
Finish: Hand rubbed oil | satin gloss
In 2004 I had the opportunity to purchase a truck-load of large pieces of mixed rainforest species - following clean-up of some small scale private land clearing. Most of the composition was maple and silky oak ... the most common trees in the particular area. However, there were several species in the mix which I had not used before ... such as this Red Ash.
As soon as I began working this piece, I fell in love with the timber. It was hard, fine grained and very subtly figured. Also, it was an absolute joy to shape in it's dripping wet state. The piece was oblong and leant itself to a long sweeping shape ... which was exactly how it finished up. The whole shaping and finishing process of this piece went like a dream ... it was one of those pieces where just everything went according to the unwritten 'plan'.
In the end, I chose to take the finish up to almost gloss to really highlight the figuring and I think it also emphasised the exaggerated sweep in it's profile shape.
I only had this piece on show for about 4 selling sessions before it was purchased by a visitor from Singapore. During the time that it was exhibited, this bowl sure turned a lot of heads ... if I was going to keep just one piece of my own work, this piece would certainly be in the short list.