Turned Ornaments
March 9, 2012
Entry Details

# 964
Bruce Trojan
Victor, NY
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   3.5
  Height:   8
  Depth:   3.5
Materials:   Holly, sea urchin

The materials in this ornament are holly and sea urchin. The urchin measures 3" H x 3 1/2" D, a much larger than usual urchin than I've seen used. The orange colors are natural. The finials are cut (after roughing out) with a 3/8" spindle gouge, a 1/2" spindle gouge and 3/8" detail gouge. They are sanded to 2500 grit with a Mirlon Sanding pad. They are finished with satin spray lacquer. The urchin comes with lacquer already on it.

The finial and its base are cut with two separate pieces. I do this for a couple reasons. The first being that the base is 1 7/8" in diameter and I can't justify wasting a 2" x 2" block of holly to cut a finial that is 3/4" diameter at its largest point. The second reason relates to the first, holly is pretty expensive! The finial, without the base, measures 4" long and is 3/64" in diameter at its thinnest point. I purposely cut a fairly large angle and a bit of separation between each "V" into the bottom detail to try to give that detail my own personality.

I work to give the "Onion" shape and the cove at the top of the finial as well as the cove in the base smooth curves.

Here's a close up of the bottom detail. I try to cut a slight curve leading to the point. I could leave the very tip very, very pointy, but opt to not do so because, after all, it is a piece that I assume will be handled and hung on a tree. Who knows what mis-handling it may run into so I try to give it a chance to survive a small accident.

I work to cut a smooth cove into the top section and mirror the detail found on the bottom of the bottom finial with a similar but less complicated "V" cut.

Judges Comments
CD : Nicely turned details on finials, good choice of colors and materials. Top finial works well with urchin shape. Bottom finial is a bit too heavy at its top, where it attaches to the urchin. Bottom finial is very close to the same height as the urchin globe. If the bottom finial were either shorter or longer, it would be a more successful design.
DS :  I like the shape which is opposite of the norm, large on the bottom rather than the top. The icicle would be better shortened at the point of the finial where it gets thin.
KH : A pleasant ornament with the colors complimentary. I like the shape of the globe with the shape of the upper and lower finials. Perhaps the lower finial could retain the overall shape design but be a bit larger in diameter in its lower portion. I like the shape but it might be more balanced with the globe being just a bit more stout. The lowest part of the finial with the three rings and the taper cone doesn't work as well as one ring and a teardrop would in my mind.

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