Elegant Forms
April 3, 2009
Entry Details

# 826
Keith Burns
Collierville, TN
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   5
  Height:   9
  Depth:   5
Materials:   Spalted Birch & Ebony

This hollow form is turned end grain from a dry spalted birch log given to me by a friend. It was hollowed through a 7/8" opening with the walls at approximately 1/8". It is finished with antique oil and buffed giving it a soft sheen. The finial is of course ebony.

I have tried many things to embellish my turnings over the years such as carving and piercing but have realized that I don't have the talent required to do them. What I have found is that I like doing simple hollow forms. I have found that form is of the utmost importance in a turning and it must be pleasing to look at and to hold. I enjoy turning wood with character and using simple finials as an embellishment, always searching for the perfect curve.

Judges Comments
CD : The ebony finial picks up the spalting lines well. Slightly shorter finial might be more in balance with the vessel.
DE : I enjoyed the simplicity of the forms in relation to the materials used, also how the individual elements complemented the entire design without one element overwhelming another. Great photo, too!
TB : Congratulations on entering this competition. Just the process of creating a piece for a themed exhibition helps you push your creativity and your work to the next level. Nice simple shape incorporating a nicely turned finial which works well with the spalting of the wood.

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