Carving a funnel shaped vessel



This gorgeous piece was created from “Forest Reclaimed” Juniper wood with a cherry burl base. It stands approximately 36″ T x 30″ Diameter. It consists of folds and bends that sweep and curve up the piece both inside and outside. Some bark and a limb were were left intact for that natural element. This piece really stands out and makes a statement.

Construction photos

These are pictures showing how a funnel shaped vessel is created.  The chainsaw is used to cut up the right log and then start the funnel shape.

Chainsaw carving the funnel shape of  theVessel

Here a grinder is used to create spirals that will curve up the piece

Here Scott is using the chainsaw to carve out the bulk of the wood on the inside of the vessel. Being careful to not go through.

A grinder is now being used to carve out more wood and start the shaping.

The spirals on the vessel are taking shape and you can see how the piece will look once complete.

Here the inside of the vessel is being shaped with a grinder. Bends and folds are created with finess being careful to not go through. These bends and folds narrow down to the bottom. 

Once the piece is done shaping and smoothed out, turquoise is inlayed into the natural cracks and voids. Then the piece is painstakingly sanded to a smooth finish and finally a spray finish is applied to ensure that all areas are covered. And now it is ready for someones home or office.


2 Responses to “Carving a funnel shaped vessel”

  1. Ted Zocco-Hochhalter Says:

    Thank you for posting some of your construction methods. Your work is truly beautiful! I look at your pieces and I can’t believe what you can do with wood. I emailed you recently through but didn’t hear back, and was wondering if you received it. In my email, I suggested that you consider writing a book about your process. Unfortunately, I can’t afford your training seminars or I would be there in a heartbeat. So, a book, or perhaps a tutorial video might be a good thing. You could certainly sell those (I know I’d buy one). Thanks for sharing your works! I’ll keep coming back for more! TZH

    • shangrilawoodworks Says:

      Sorry for the late response. I just got on our blog and saw messages. At this time we do not video our work. But it is a thought to keep in mind. If we ever do videos and decide to sell them, we’ll post it on Lumberjocks and our website. Thanks for the compliments.

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