MCW July '14 Program
Jul 12, 2014Public
Photo: Up-and-coming young wood artist, and out demonstrator for the evening, Derek Weidman, brought some of his work to show and tell, such as this representation of a curly-tailed chameleon.
Photo: The artwork on parade.
Photo: Here Derek added some words to tell this guys story.
Photo: A turned head with some burning and color.
Photo: Here is a side view of the ram.
Photo: Derek Weidman started the demonstration by asking the audience for improv ideas on what to turn.  And we could only wonder how he was going to do it on the lathe.
Photo: After a velociraptor was selected as the target creature, Bert got a dinosaur head on his phone and put it in front of the video camera to project it onto the screens to permit Derek and the audience to have an image from which to gather design clues.  The mouth is clearly going to be an important feature.
Photo: As a starting point, Derek sketched a rough outline of the dinosaur head on the white board behind him.
Photo: Now it is time for the chips to fly!
Photo: The head outline starts to take shape.
Photo: Time to part off some unwanted wood.
Photo: Now to start adding some details.  He sketches to show what he is thinking.  We need a cheek bone about here.
Photo: If you remember that if you place the the part you want to get rid of, furthest away from the centers, you can't go too far wrong.  Derek works on only one side at a time and then duplicates it by reversing.
Photo: Even though he always uses safe centers, Derek starts the lathe from zero speed, stands out of the way, and increases the speed slowly.  A large lathe like this can handle the imbalance with no problem as long as the speed is not too high.
Photo: Derek starts shaping one side of the head, ...
Photo: ... stops often to see how it looks, ...
Photo: ... and then makes more curls.  One of the reasons he uses the lathe is the ease to make carvings symmetrical.  So when he is done with this side, ...
Photo: ... he flips it over so he can make the same cut on the other side.
Photo: He cuts a lot of air in the free spinning head.
Photo: Derek demonstrates how to cut and look at the other side so the symmetry is easier to achieve.
Photo: Derek looks to get more ideas and then ...
Photo: ... he goes to the sketch pad.  He does not try to disguise the center marks, but, rather, incorporates them into the designs.  At this point, it looks a little like Snoopy.  :-)
Photo: He then adds his sketches directly to the head with a marker, for easier cutting.
Photo: Here is a stop action shot, frozen by a fast camera shutter speed, of just how much air he is cutting while adding the gaping, open mouth.