Turning Carving Collaborations
Black Rat Snake on a Bowl
"In early 2007 Jim Fazio of Allentown, PA, and I agreed to collaborate on a turning/carving. Jim turned a thick walled cherry bowl and I proceeded to carve a black rat snake making one full turn around the outside. To affect a "snake in the grass" appearance I followed the grain of the wood and carved shallow grooves.".. David N. Stehly
The finished piece included India ink and acrylic paint to color the snake and a transparent green to complete the grass color.
A Twisted Snake on an asymmetric oval turning.
"During the 2008 Tylersport show I was presented with the challenge to carve something on an asymmetric turning that had been created by Dave Hardy of Sellersville, PA. I should have taken a photo of the original piece before carving. Unfortunately I did not. Picture the piece at the left as a squashed football shape, flat on the bottom, with a thin dowel shaped protrusion pointing upward from the left end and a similar but heavier dowel shape protruding straight out on the right end. I studied this piece for the better part of a year trying to envision some fitting design. I knew I was expected to produce a snake carving and I wanted to incorporate the entire shape into the design. I happened to stumble upon a pretzel shaped pendant while browsing a catalog and, Eureka, there it was. The piece was given a natural finish." ,, David N. Stehly
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