MCW April 09 Meeting
Apr 15, 2009Public
Photo: Hal Burdette photographing in his newly-constructed Phrugal Photo Studio while Mike Colella looks on.
Photo: The Show & Tell table has some interesting pieces.
Photo: Welcome Christine Zender, CAW's new Newsletter Editor, who came as Ed Karch's guest.
Photo: Tim Aley adds perspective to some nice cedar and cherry at the Silent Auction table.
Photo: Welcome to new member Linda Stops...
Photo: ...and to guest Glenn Ashley.
Photo: MCW's resident Easter Bunny, Ed Karch.
Photo: Demonstrator for the evening, MCW President Phil Brown, discusses design by showing the shapes of a number of bowls.  The influence of Bob Stocksdale on Phil's early work is evident.
Photo: Phil discusses design in terms of ratios and presents the "Golden Ratio".  Some ratios just "look" better than others to the human eye.  For the mathematicians, the Golden Ratio can be derived from the Fibonacci series.
Photo: Ratios involve features like maximum diameter, height, foot diameter, opening diameter, and height of the maximum diameter.
Photo: More sizes and shapes...
Photo: And now we get into some flares and taller shapes. The flare is one of Phil's signature pieces.
Photo: Not everything has to be an ogee.  There is also a place for straight lines. The exquisite segmented pot is by Ray Allen, from Phil's collection.  It has some classic ratios.
Photo: Rough outs of flares left thick so that there's (hopefully) still a flat surface left in there. The apple wood REALLY warps.
Photo: Phil discusses the starting point for tonight's demo.
Photo: Phil promotes spalting as he stores the wood prior to roughing.  His pieces are a collaboration between him and Mother Nature.
Photo: Differences in woods, sizes, and shapes are discussed.
Photo: A blank is mounted and ready for final turning.
Photo: You work the rim to final thickness only an inch or so at a time and NEVER go back.
Photo: Phil uses both a bowl gouge and a detail gouge, depending on the feel. Both pull cuts and push cuts are used...
Photo: ...very carefully to achieve a final thickness on the order of 3/16". Thanks Phil -- it was great to see one of these amazing pieces taking shape.