A Pickers Ridge favorite, the Segmented Floor vase in Raintree timber. As you can see above, the colours and grain patterns are spectacular.
Some timbers are just right for particular things…and other timbers just don’t do it for us. It could be the grain, it could be the colour, it could be the weight. If it’s wrong, it’s just wrong. But when it’s right….the results are wonderful.
We have used large images below to help you see the process better. We think it makes for more interesting reading as well.
This is the completed segmented floor vase ready to be shipped to its owner.
As you scroll down the page, we will take you on a journey about how we went about making this vase.
We skipped over the basic cutting and dressing of each of the segments and we picked up the process where there is some shape and form beginning to show.
If you are interested in what this majestic tree looks like standing, link here.
Stage One, rough base section.
The image above shows the process we use in some detail. The vase base is oversized, allowing for fasteners to hold the timber blank onto the lathe via a faceplate. This faceplate is the metal disc that you can see at the base of the wood between the lathe and the vase, and is the solid platform that we rely on to keep things stable and safe. The vase base and the first few rings or layers as pictured are vital to the quality of the end result. Consequently, everything from this point forward depends on the layer underneath it to be positioned accurately.
Rough base section preliminary turning to shape.
This image above shows the base section turned to a rough design and will be cleaned up later. The same is done on the inside but this is turned and sanded to 320grit. The reason for this is the depth of the vase when all glued up will make it very difficult to reach the inside bottom to shape and sand. This process is a complete-as-you-go sequence of events, and you may have noticed the third ring from the top is still in its rough shape. The reason for this will be apparent in the next few images further down the page.
See how the clamps are hooked on the ledge created by leaving that ring in rough form? Using this method allows us to design larger vases. We have the advantage with this lathe of being able to remove the faceplate and blank whenever we need to. We do this for the glue-ups as it is more accurate and easier than gluing up while it’s on the lathe. Once the glue has cured, the whole thing gets put back on the lathe and the turning and sanding process repeats.
Above is the final glue stage of this vase. We were impatient to see the finished vase so we continued gluing layers in one go. We paid a price for this impatience when it came time to sand the interior. It was a difficult task to reach in and shape the vase to how we wanted it to be , but we got there. Next vase will be done as planned. Lesson learnt……the hard way.