Jim Piper Live Demo - Cancelled - Went Zoom due to weather

  • 18 Jan 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wild Lilac Center

Jim Piper writes:

I’d like to start by showing a few photos of my work, what inspires me in both form and texture, and when least expected, I happen upon an unlikely inspiration. Example- an upturned barrel cactus in the Grand Canyon. Eroded sandstone. A fallen bird's nest inspired the top of a box for a show “Boxes to Die For”  that I was invited to show in.

Several years ago I was inspired to discover some of the Whys of Woodturning. (Otherwise referred to as The Physics of Woodturning) I think it will benefit everyone. Example: why we’re attracted to one form over another,(RR refers to a chain suspended from two points), how and why it creates a beautiful, more comfortable curve to follow and when the curve is turned 90 degrees, it creates a beautiful vessel or bowl profile.

Max Brosi leaves a curve no more than a mm in height in a textured surface to define a beautiful sweeping curve around a vessel. Avelino Samuels carves very symmetrical spiral curves with much more depth. Both are equally beautiful, organic forms.

I will have tools to demonstrate most of the textures I like to create. Outlining with a wood burner, creating more depth with a rotary carver and refining the details with a wood burner.
In addition, I will have paints and brushes to show depth and detail of carving. Why the shape of the brush is important. See some of his artwork here:  Wood Turning and Carving – Jim Piper – Fine Art in Portland, Oregon

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