Turned Ornaments
March 9, 2012
Entry Details
 

# 948
John Shrader
Kirkland, WA
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   3
  Height:   8
  Depth:   3
Materials:   Colorwood, brass wire
I used Colorwood for this ornament because it is is bright enough to compete with the shiny glass balls, lights and tinsel on a typical Christmas tree.  Natural wood ornaments tend to disappear on a typical tree. Colorwood is similar to plywood that has each layer dyed a different color.  Typically, Colorwood is available in 2.5" by 2.5" by 16" blanks.  With the process I have developed, I can make 5 ornaments from one blank.  There is almost no scrap, just ornaments and shavings.  The bulb is segmented and consists of 6 layers.  It is turned using bowl turning techniques while the icicle is spindle turned.  
 
This picture gives a sense of the size of the ornament.
 
This picture is a top view of the ornament, and shows the precision of the alignment of the segments.
 

Judges Comments
CD : Unique and original idea, excellent craftsmanship. Segmented and layered material is especially effective on the globe. I think it would have looked better with a solid colored finial.
DS :  Very neatly done. I would have liked to see the icicle thiner, and in proportion to the globe. Still a stand out!!
KH : Certainly an eye catcher. I like the looks and the pattering on the globe. Might consider more spherical on globe that saucer shape. The lower finial is nice and goes well but I wonder about the taper on the very lower. A more inflexed curve would be more visually pleasing.

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