A local magazine recently contacted me to do an article about my woodturning artwork and website. It just came out the other day and I was surprised to see that in addition to the article that they had put my on the cover. Thanks Monument Living!
Very happy to have the lapidary work completed and epoxied in place on the vessel. This has been my most ambitious project yet combining deep hollowing lathe work and a lot of lapidary accent work.
It took 29 pieces to complete the lapidary mineral work for the ring on the top shoulder of the vessel. They are finished to a 50,000 grit diamond polish.
Started cutting and grinding cabochons for the inlay ring on the top shoulder of the vessel. Got 5 cut and shaped today. It looks like there will be about 28 or so required. Lots left to do and then many many polishing steps. In the photo these are only ground to 320 grit ... the final product will have 50,000 grit diamond finish.
I spent 2 days doing inlay work with crushed turquoise and some coal and sanding and finishing the outside of the vessel. This piece will have a ring of semi-precious minerals such as agate and jasper inlaid around the top shoulder of the vessel. In the photo you can see the groove I cut into the top of the piece that the polished lapidary cabochons will fit into. The lapidary work will take more time than I have into this project thus far.