Not only were we working on our cabin, but we still had a business to run. Shows to exhibit at, furniture and vessels to make for those shows and customer orders to fill. Below are some new pieces that we completed for the mesquite show in October. This was a successful show for us, not only in sales, but a feature on CNNireport interviewing me at the show, www.ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-505989 and an opportunity to send a few pieces to England. We will be sending our mesquite Shangrila Rocker, some of the mesquite vessels pictured below and a mesquite ribbon sculpture, also pictured below. We are very excited to go abroad and to see how our creativity is accepted over there. Thanks to Amie and Joe Prest at Hill Country Mesquite www.hillcountrymesquite.com for presenting this opportunity to us and vesting their time and money to make this all happen.
The mesquite festivals are our favorite shows. We get a chance to meet up and visit with old friends and customers and meet new people. These shows have some wonderful people that exhibit and put it on with a lot of creative ideas. We all share the same love, hate relationship with mesquite. To see more of these wonderful artists, please visit www.texasmesquiteassn.org .
The hall table pictured below was made from a gorgeous slab of mesquite. The top and middle are a natural slab and the legs are bentwood lamination. These two unique features blend well together and give the piece a contemporary rustic look. Scott inlayed a walnut bowtie on the top to secure a large crack andthis uniqe and difficult feature adds even more to this piece. It is approximately 5ft long and 14″ wide.
These vessels were all carved first with the chainsaw and then grinders were used to do all the finess work. The canyon shape has been quite popular for us and comes in all sizes. The one below is the smallest, at approximately 12″ T x 12″L x 5″W. The large wavy bowl has a lot of folds and waves in it that are quite difficult to create. Scott has to be careful to not go through the wood with both the chainsaw and grinders while creating these. It is approximately 18″ Diameter and 12″ Tall. The smaller vessel is shaped like a vase, with simpler waves created. It is approximately 8″T and 5″ Diameter. Lapis was inlayed into this piece for a different look. The last one is a juniper vessel called “Lily of the Valley”. Scott did some unique carving that curves up the piece on both the outside and inside. It was carved from an approximate 600 year old Juniper tree.Scott left a section of a branch on the top along with some of the bark. I went all out with the turqoise and inlayed it in some of the folds, along with the cracks and voids. This made the sanding quite difficult, but it looks good. It perches on a cherry burl base and is approximately 26″T x 18″ Diameter narrowing down to the base.
Mesquite Canyon vessel w/turquouise Large Mesquite Wave Bowl w/turquoise
Small Mesquite vase with Lapis “Lily of the Valley” Juniper vessel
“RIBBON DANCER” Mesquite Sculpture
Our new ribbon sculptures have been getting a lot of attention. We sold a large wall one at the mesquite show. This “Ribbon Dancer” sculpture was made from mesquite with turquoise inlayed into the cracks. Creating this piece involved gluing up a few layers of mesquite into a block. Then Scott uses the bandsaw to cut out some of the wood and switches over to a chainsaw to start the shape. Grinders are used to do the finess work to get the end result. The shapes are endless and Scotts mind is always working to create new ones. These can be made in a lot of sizes and out of many different woods. This piece is approximately 2ft T x 5″W
Stay tuned for more of these unique pieces soon. We are getting ready for the Southwest Art Festival www.indiochamber.org/southwest held in the Palm Springs area, January 28-30, so we will have a few more new pieces to show off. To see more vessels please visit our website. www.shangrilawoodworks.com