Forsythia Leaves # 491


Forsythia Leaves # 491

Piece #491 – Sycamore – 10″ by 5″


This piece was turned on the wood lathe. I left enough wood thickness at the top rim so that I could hand carve the leaves. This bowl is all one piece; nothing is glued on. Once the leaves were carved I brushed on a one pound cut of dewaxed shellac as a sanding sealer. I sanded the area around the leaves to match the bowl thickness and smoothness. It was intricate and time consuming.

After the leaves and bowl were carved and sanded I masked off all the areas on the bowl around the leaves so that I could air brush the leaves. Several transparent layers were used; the first being yellow. When the leaves were completely air brushed and the paint was dry I used the point of an x-acto knife to scratch in the veins. The leaves were finished with 6 coats of satin lacquer.

Once the lacquer dried and the masking was removed, the bowl surface was sanded to 400 grit sandpaper. Three coats of Danish Oil was applied to the bowl, wiping off any that got on the leaves. I let that dry a week then I buff on caranuba wax with the Beal buffing system. It is food safe.

Roger Dale Scott


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