Friday, January 11, 2008


This is a piece I completed in September, 2007, but I never posted the pics. The title is "Remembrance" in honor the the ginkgo tree that it came from. Check out the back cover of the next issue of The American Woodturner for the complete story.

This was a very challenging project on several fronts.

1. Ginkgo isn't a very nice wood for turning.
2. It's not all that great for carving, either.
3. Navigating in 3D on this layout was mind-boggling.
4. I've managed to lose my free time for woodturning and finding time to do this kind of work is harder and harder lately.

The piece is about 9 inches in diameter. The glass stand was made by Adam Kaser. The photography is by Jerry Anthony.

This is the starting form - not much to look at, but the potential was there, that's for sure. I wanted to have a lot of options for how I placed the leaves.

Three rims going in different directions, plus extra thick walls. It takes a lot of planning and initial shaping before starting the design layout.

You can see how thick I left the wall to give me a lot of room to add movement in the carved leaf.

Add hours and hours of detailed carving and it all turns out ok. I hope the piece sells. It's currently at del Mano gallery, but should be coming home very soon.


Steve Massman said...

simple awesome

Andi Wolfe said...


Dennis Laidler said...

Very cool Andi.
That is a lot of carving and a worthy memento of a beautiful tree.

Nina Bliese Gallery -A Twin Cities' Shaker said...

This is terrific. I like your photo of the lunar eclipse also. We hope to meet you sometime when it warms up in Mpls, MN Mimi

Andi Wolfe said...

Thanks, Mimi -

I'd love to see the gallery sometime, but I'd much prefer a warmer time than winter :-)