My Sculpture Weblog: Mazer (M2)

Hi there Everybody

This work was simply speculated to be a fast sketch. One thing to assist me as I study the method of resin stabilizing hardwood. However as is at all times the case, the challenge grew and a month slipped handed, and now I’ve this glorious Mazer type bowl to share with all of you.

Stabilizing wooden is a course of that each strengthens a chunk of wooden, and makes it dimensionally secure in order that it may be utilized in additional precision functions.

In earlier tasks, I relied on sourcing stabilized materials from different expert makers. However as my want to make new shapes and kinds grew, I shortly realized I had outgrown the dimensions and shapes of fabric that have been available. I approached just a few individuals who focus on stabilization with particular requests and was alternately advised that it was not potential, or not worthwhile, to make stabilized wooden in the dimensions and shapes that I needed.

I may dwell with, “not potential” if it have been true, however “not worthwhile” appeared like a foolish cause to not do one thing, so I needed to attempt it myself to see what was what.

The method is just not terribly difficult and the setup comparatively reasonably priced you probably have a small house to make a multitude. It includes drying the wooden, then putting it in a vacuum chamber whereas submerged in a particular resin.

Beneath vacuum, a lot of the air and residual moister are pulled from the wooden (you’ll be able to by no means actually get all of it). After many hours underneath vacuum, stress is returned to the chamber and the resin is pressured deeper into the wooden by regular atmospheric stress and good previous capillary motion.

After a protracted soak, the wooden is then positioned in an oven the place the resin cures and hardens. The result’s a plasticized piece of wooden that’s good for machining and different advantageous craft work.

It’s a fascinating course of to study, and I’m simplifying only a bit. This work represents my first try at utilizing a chunk of wooden from my very own course of. The wooden you see is a chunk of Maple Burl. It was stabilized as a 7″ spherical and completed down to six”diameter.

The metallic particulars are all in Chrome steel. I went with a wood bowl type as a result of I simply love the work of so many wooden turners. However since I’m not fairly a wooden turner myself, I went with a really ornate type of bowl referred to as a Mazer. A much more ornamental than practical object for positive. That is what occurs while you give a machinist wooden to show I assume. 

Anyhow, this is step one on my journey in direction of a way more bold piece. I’ve yet another “small sketch” that I used to be planning, however contemplating how lengthy this primary one took, I might need delay that work for a short time. I’m simply undecided there’s time in my present work circulate. However we are going to see what occurs.

Thanks for wanting, and as at all times, feedback and questions are welcome.