First for 2014

My first visit to the shed saw me start on a pierced piece for the monthly competition. I have a bit of yew, about the size of a tennis ball, which I have hollowed. So far I have spent about 7 hours on it. The next step is to pierce it.
I have no idea what I will do with it, but hopefully I can manage something reasonably artistic. If not, I can only hope not to ruin it completely.

I don’t like to leave empty-handed, so made a rice mould as well. This is a piece of sycamore, with a knob/handle of beech. There is a raised section inside the mould, which creates a dimple in the top of the rice for decoration, or to pour gravy/sauce in.
mould outside
The red bits are blood. White finger disease means I don’t feel it when I cut myself. Just a nic with a chisel though, nothing a bit of super-glue can’t handle.
mould inside
This is unfinished, just a wipe with olive oil.
moulded cous cous
The mound is couscous rather than rice. It was what we had for dinner, so that’s what I used.

Not the greatest piece of turning, but I am getting better at not leaving tool marks.

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