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Tesserae serai

I finally have invested in some home studio gear (backdrop kit, extra strobe, umbrella and stand for my first purchases). I gave it a tryout last night to photograph my latest carved turning. I had one strobe up high and to the left, reflected off an umbrella. A second strobe was placed for fill slightly in front and to the left, at the same level as the object. Comments on my first studio attempt will be greatly appreciated. Comments on the sculpture are also welcomed. Thanks. My inspiration for this carved turning comes from the microscopic landscape of seed coats. The outer cellular wall of some seeds collapse during drying, which forms a mosaic of three dimensional spaces. The name I selected loosely translates to 'mosaic palace.' Material: spalted maple Turned, carved, and bleached. 10.5 X 7.5 inches. This will be on display at the North Carolina Arboretum June - September 2011. The exhibit is "The Fine Art of Wood: an international invitational exhibit of woodturning."

Tesserae serai
AndiWolfe, May 20, 2011
    • AndiWolfe
      Thanks, guys.

      Lionel - I'm using a double-cut fissure bur (dental lab style) for the finishing cuts. It's a fine grit.
    • Ward Holdridge

      Scientist, mother of twins, musician, photographer, traveler and exceptional artist. I don't know how you do it all, but I'm awfully glad you got to this piece. The unique design is a stunner. And, you must have spent many, many hours to produce such a fine result. Thanks for the WIP pics, also.
    • KurtB
      Andi, this piece is a stunner! Well done!

      Turning of the Week, 05/23/11
      AAW Home Page Photo
    • AndiWolfe
      Thanks, Kurt!

      Ward: mother of dachshund twins, but not human :) Come to think of it, though, they are rather like human toddlers.
    • Michelle Rich
      lucky dachshund twins..they get to watch you create such lovely pieces. Truly astounding & beyond.
    • Andy Chen
      Ward, you left out blogger. Yeah, I can't imagine how she finds time to do all these. Writing grand proposals is a full-time job for most.

      Andi, this piece is truly stunning, but of course I don't expect anything less from you. Photography is outstanding. The second photo at your blog is great, too.
    • chrisinbeav
      I have a quick question for you, how did you sand this?!
    • AndiWolfe
      Using a sanding mandrel and 400 grit sandpaper. There are a variety of styles on the market. I used three different ones - a mandrel shaped like a cone, a pre-made sanding cone, and one that involves a twist of sandpaper. The carving and turning supply catalogs sell a range of mandrels. Some of the sanding was also done by hand, and I used micro files and rasps to reach areas the sand paper could not go.
    • Betty Scarpino
      Lovely piece! Obviously a lot of thought and work went into its creation. Congratulations on such a successful piece.
    • AndiWolfe
      Thanks, Betty!
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