Another beautiful timber I received from club members in Australia was a piece of “pink silky”. It’s grain pattern resembles oak, but once turned has this beautiful pink hue under certain light. To honor this wood I turned a wide mouthed lidded vessel so that the chatoyance effect of color shifts could be seen on the inside. I wood-burned an ancient three rabbit design into the lid. This motif appears in many ancient contexts ranging from a Celtic trinity to a symbol of fertility. It is believed that the symbol migrated west via the Silk Road from the orient.
Back in 2017 I visited Australia and through the wonders of the internet and woodturning community was able to visit clubs in Sydney and Brisbane. My Australian hosts were more than hospitable, going out of their ways to show me around, introduce me to their clubs and give me samples of wonderful wood. I turned my first camphor laurel lidded vessel in Australia, in my friend’s woodshop complete with a possum in the roll-up garage door! The aroma was intoxicating and the wood-simply divine! By the time I got the piece back to Arizona, the dry wood dried some more so the opening was no longer true and changed color. I decided to re center the opening, turn a finial and carve the upper surface with camphor laurel design
Several days of hand filing and sanding and corvid is taking shape. He’s starting to come to life. I still have some shaping and sanding to do, but his head and tail fit
The rest of the sculpture is in formative stages