Posted on November 11, 2008
Completed: November 2008
Availability / Cost: Sold - AUD $250
Dimensions: 33 cm x 14 cm x 4 cm
Finish: Hand rubbed oil | satin
I really like spotted gum, even though it is more regarded as a heavy construction timber than a fine material. However, it is quite fine grained and responds well to the abrasive shaping techniques I use. It is heavy and very strong which means I can usually create forms with it that are very thin.
This particular piece evolved from a board of spotted gum which I was cutting into utensils (for Forest Treasures). It had pretty interesting grain structure and color and I could see a nice bowl shape somewhere in there.
The board wasn't very thick, so that limited the overall size of the bowl and also, the inherent definition of the grain already was suggesting an overall shape.
This piece does lend itself to functional use as well as display if desired.