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White Ash

Ash Plate 14in June 201514″ plate of ash. This is called “guitar ash,” as it’s often used for solidbody guitars. Lots of big, open grain with differing degrees of hardness. The scientific name is fraxinus, which is a very fun word to say.

$75


White Ash

white-ash-candlesticks-jan-2017

White Ash candlesticks, from a tree that my son chopped down several years ago. Striking grain, but really difficult to turn.


English Walnut

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10-inch plate of English Walnut, a soft and beautiful wood. This piece has a stunning bit of dark heartwood on display.


Spalted Sycamore

Spalted Sycamore Bowl A Oct 2015

A gift to our dear friends Jack and Annie Dorsey. www.jackdorseyart.com https://sunnyshorestudio.wordpress.com/meet-the-family-of-artists/


River Birch

River Birch October 2015

From my front yard.


Oregon Myrtle

Oregon Myrtle Oct 2015

Lots of wonderful color and movement in this piece of Oregon myrtle. Plenty of worm holes too. Plus there’s a nice scene on the bottom of the sunset over Mount Shasta.


Bloodwood

Bloodwood Champaign Flute Dec 2015

A little goblet—more like a champagne flute—made of bloodwood. No stain on this: that’s the natural color of the wood. Beautiful.


Ash over Mulberry

Ash and Mulberry Goblet Jan 2016

A friend called this the Cindy Crawford goblet. I like that!


Mystery Wood

Pine Black Stain Vase Aug 2015Actually, not much of a mystery—it’s nothing more than pine. But I painted it black and then removed much of the color; the hard and soft alternating grain accepts the paint differently, creating a striking contrast. I left extra wood at the bottom, making it fairly heavy which also lends itself to being some sort of exotic wood. Nope; just ol’ pine.


Toothpick Holder July 2015

A little tiny project—a toothpick holder. Lots of color in this piece.


Maple Burl

Maple Burl May 2015I love the crazy nature of the grain in this piece of maple burl.


Maple

Maple w Worm Holes June 2015Sugar Maple, complete with little worm holes. The worms are long gone.


Spalted Maple

Spalted Maple Salt Shaker Mar 2015

I found a pepper shaker at my son’s house, so I made a matching salt shaker out of contrasting spalted maple. The black lines are a result of fungus attacking the wood.


Hawthorn

Hawthorn Aug 2015Hawthorn has lovely distinctive grain, making it very colorful.


Cherry

Cherry Bowl w Discoloration Sept 2015Cherry bowl, with s small bit of discoloration front and center. Cherry tends to darken over time if left in the sunlight, so this will probably have a much darker tone later.


Cherry

Cherry Endgrain Large Bowl June 2015Large (10.5″ x 5″) bowl of cherry, turned end-grain. The pressures on an end-grain piece often make it split; this one certainly did, which I filled with epoxy, so you can still see it.


Spalted Sycamore

Spalted Sycamore June 2015Fungus attacked this chuck of wood and left some crazy variegated colors.


Bitternut Hickory Burl

Bitternut Hickory Burl June 2015

Well, that was difficult. This is probably the nastiest piece of wood I’ve ever turned. But even it got redeemed.

Sold.


Construction debris

Driftwood 2x6 Bowl June 2015A little scrap of 2×6 I found floating in our lake. I like the different textures.


White Ash

Ash Plate 14in June 201514″ plate of ash. This is called “guitar ash,” as it’s often used for solidbody guitars. Lots of big, open grain with differing degrees of hardness. The scientific name is fraxinus, which is a very fun word to say.

$75


Sugar Maple

Maple w Worm Holes June 20158″ bowl of sugar maple. This is filled with worm holes; it definitely won’t hold water!

$45


Cherry

Cherry Natural Edge June 2015Cherry 8″ bowl with natural edge. A different style than I normally create, but based on the shape of the original chunk of wood.

$85.00


Manzanita

Mesquite Root May 2015Small manzanita root ball I picked up near Mt. Shasta, California. Natural edge, lots of cracks and faults, and stunning blood-red color.


Oregon Myrtle

Oregon Myrtle Mar 2015

Oregon myrtle. Beautiful, variegated wood that is a joy to turn; and it has a beautiful scent as well when it’s turned. The tree only grows on the West Coast. In Oregon, it’s Oregon myrtle; in Califormia it’s called California laurel. So I guess it depends on where you live.