Here's a wonderful Spalted Maple Vessel on a walnut pedestal.
Take a look at how it was made
From a maple tree growing outside my office, that over the years, I watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a full grown tree that was threatening some drainage systems. The tree had to go, but I wanted it to live on in my work.
Trusty chainsaw in hand, I picked out a prospect section of the tree that showed promise of the dazzling spalting that maple shows so well.
This is the chunk that will soon be an heirloom piece.
After getting it round and to the basic shape, it's time for hollowing. A task that can sometimes be strenuous and at times dangerous.
All Hollowed out and rough turned ready for sanding
After Sanding, I cut the piece off of the lathe and make a walnut disc for the bottom of the piece. This is a very precise cut that requires a lot of attention to detail
Next...I turn a walnut stem and mount that to the flare piece
Then I turn a walnut base and mount the whole assembly on the lathe to ensure that it balanced and true
Finally...the lid. This was done by taking a small piece of the maple....making it into a little bowl, then insetting a walnut ring. The raindrop on the top is made from bullet proof glass.
and that's it!! Easy as pie.