|Cherry wood blank chucked up and ready to turn.|
|Roughing out the stock to round with a gouge|
Sometimes I have an idea of what I want to do in my mind's eye. In other instances I just let the shapes come from the wood. Unlike a metal lathe which has the cutting tool solidly mounted and controlled by a geared mechanism the wood lathe puts the cutter in the artist's hands where a multitude of angles, pressures and nuances brings the piece to life. It's a kind of magic that never gets old.
|I love the look of the wood while it spins|