The Benthic Vessel

Benthic:  of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean (from Merriam-Webster).  So dubbed by my friend, Tom, this form is known as The Benthic Vessel (in red oak).  No one is sure whether they like it or not at first, including me.


“Johnny” is a spoon carved in figured hard maple.


From the Song of the Ancient, here is a small turned and carved vessel in black walnut and osage orange. The idea isn’t fully formed or unified, but it is advancing. As the yellow osage wood ages it will turn a deep red-orange, nearly as dark as the walnut.

Big Jonah, Cottonwood Lamp-stand

Big Jonah underpainting  (5′ x 3′). Carving a cottonwood lamp-stand with gouge and adze.