Some of you may have heard of the Beauty & the Beast contest. These 2 pieces were my entries. They are named the King &the Queen. They are made from tiger eucalyptus, eucalyptus burl, Bubinga and gabon ebony. I came in a very respectable 7th place. Please enjoy.
The big one took about 5 or 6 weeks working 3 nights a week and weekends. The short one took about 2 weeks. If you look close, you can see that the staves are framed in ebony as opposed to doing a ring above and below the staves. This eas probably the hardest part. Every stave had to be perfect in size and compound angle to pull this off. The finial was pretty easy due to the step by step tutorial by Richard Madden. I plan on expanding on that technique in many ways. I have to build 2 humidors right now but when I'm done, it'll be on to more turning with new ideas and a Green & Green night stand.
As far as selling them goes, I do plan on trying to get my work in a gallery here in town. I found one that specializes in wood too. They will be back in town on the 18th so we'll see how that goes.
Thanks very much. That was my first successful attempt at a spiral finial. Broke the first 2. (Tail stock had too much pressure against it.) The other finial I learned by watching Cindy Drozda's video. Great tutorial for anyone.