All Hollow Forms

These are essentially all forms where the inside is hollowed out, but the opening (usually at the top) is too small to allow complete visibility of the inside.

Carved Cherry
Carved Cherry

I had this lying rough-turned in the workshop for several months before I figured out what to do with it. I think it was worth the wait. The shape is somewhat reminiscent of pottery made by Native Americans, but I don't recall seeing similar c [...]

Laburnum Hollow Form
Laburnum Hollow Form

Turned with an eye on leaving some bark in place, and generating a wany edge around the opening. A very sinuous curve, and extremely tactile.

In the glade
In the glade

This is a large hollow form from rippled sycamore. The outer surface has been burnished to a glass-like finish. A proper statement piece for an entrance hall.

Golden hollow form
Golden hollow form

This hollow form displays the ripples in the sycamore extremely well. It was turned from green wood, which explains the slight step on the upper side, where the wood decided to warp in an unexpected manner. That's all part of making things fro [...]

Carved hollow form
Carved hollow form

This hollow form is made from a piece of laburnum in side grain. The creamy yellow bit at the top is actually the sapwood of the laburnum, that's the bit that is right underneath the bark. This piece was turned and hollowed out, and then carv [...]

Here be dragons
Here be dragons

This is a a dragon's egg, right at the moment before the beast springs into life. Already it's cracking and the dragons golden fire shines through the green egg. Can you see it? A piece of cedar, transformed into a thing of beauty, through ca [...]

Emerald Fire
Emerald Fire

This hollow form is made from Leylandii, a wood that is not very popular with turners for good reason: it does not want to cut cleanly and needs a lot of sanding. In this case, the shape was deliberately chosen to reveal the inside of the holl [...]

Blue Hollow Form
Blue Hollow Form

More Leylandii. In this case I create a smallish hollow form, with a very small opening in the top (about 3/4") and treated the outside to various shades of blue stain, before finish it with some satin lacquer. This is essentially the sibling [...]

Beech Hollow Form
Beech Hollow Form

This hollow form (could also be called a vase) is made from beech. The blank had some severe cracks and showed signs of decay, with parts of the wood already so soft that it wouldn't cut and I had to douse the entire top in superglue to stabil [...]

Bloody beech
Bloody beech

As mentioned in a blog post, I recently got some wood for (almost) free. This included some nice beech, which I cut into various blanks and started roughing out. Most of these items are still in my drying cupboard, awaiting further work. This [...]