It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I’ve been doing a lot of turning this summer. My work is on display and for sale at the Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock. If you haven’t visited the Arkansas Heritage exhibits, I highly recommend it. The historic buildings and displays are fun and educational to visit, and the museum store is filled with a variety of handmade gift items from Arkansas artists. Check the website at arkansasheritage.com for all they have to offer if you’re visiting downtown Little Rock.
Using bark as a feature of a turned piece is a popular technique. Called live-edge or natural-edged pieces, they’re a bit tricky to make without breaking off the bark. Some care should be taken when owning such a piece; the bark edge (especially on the bowls) is delicate and can be broken off. The good news is, even if the bark breaks, it leaves behind a smooth and interesting edge that is still aesthetically appealing. One of my wife’s favorite pieces is a natural-edge bowl without the bark (the hackberry natural edge bowl pictured on the bowls page).