www.bobchapman.co.uk

Vases and Hollow Forms

Hollow forms are a challenge, and I like making them. They are usually hollowed through a small hole in the top. The aim is to get the walls thin but, obviously, not to break through. Success can be judged from the weight of the piece. Vases and goblets with a wide opening are easier to hollow but, because the interior is visible, they present their own problems when finishing and polishing.

Clicking on an image will display a detail of the piece.

* An exact timber colour or grain pattern match cannot be guaranteed for items made to order because every tree and piece of wood is an individual.
It’s what makes your item unique.

742

Stained sycamore, textured and painted
Acrylic finish
 


This small vase was made from a very white piece of sycamore which lends itself well to staining and painting. The vase has been divided into irregular areas, some of which have been textured with vertical lines

 

85mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£65 In stock now

DSC_0044a-small

Painted Sycamore, green glass and Paua shell
Acrylic finish

Hollowed through the small hole in the top, this piece is painted with iridescent paints which emphasize the natural iridescence of the New Zealand paua shell finial. This is an attractive lidded hollow form.

 

115mm tall x 70mm dia
(4½in x 2¾in)

£85 In stock now

Walnut, Ash and Teak
Oil finish
 

This small hollow form is made by gluing up strips of walnut, ash, sycamore and ash veneers and finally teak into a block from which the form was turned.

Gluing the block together requires very accurate work which takes longer than the actual turning. When the block is shaped on the lathe the square corners are transformed into the elegant downward curves and points

80mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£85 In stock now

Hawthorn vase
Cellulose lacquer finish
 


Hawthorn is the tree of the hedgerow and its timber is a beautifully close grained pale creamy pink colour, often with darker flecks in it. This hawthorn vase was made with deeply fluted sides to give it quite a rugged appearance. 
 


180mm tall x 125mm dia
(5in x 7in)

£85 In stock now

Harlequin series
acrylic finish

These brightly coloured pieces are made from white sycamore and the various panels have been marked out by burning the wood with a fine hot blade. These are then painted or stained and the burnt lines prevent the stain from bleeding from one area to those surrounding it.

Taller:    85mm tall x 70mm dia
            (3¼in x 2¾in)
Smaller:  70mm tall x 75mm dia
            (2¾in tall x 3in dia)

£65  each

Birch ply with other timbers
Wax finish

Made by laminating birch plywood and incorporating other timbers in the ‘sash’ across each piece. The large one is padauk, the medium sized one is lacewood and the small one has an ebony sash. Hollowed through the small hole in the top, they are attractive hollow forms and the sashes contrast well with the birch.

Largest 130mm tall x 120mm dia
(5in x 4¾in)

£355 (set) Made to order*

DSC_0068asmall

Pine with a textured twist
acrylic finish

Pine is not the easiest wood to turn. It cuts easily enough but the wood is soft with a pronounced grain and very sharp tools are needed to get a good surface. It is possible to sand it smooth but this tends to destroy detail.

The vase has been stained a deep blue. There are twelve twists and alternate ones have been textured and painted with the lightest touch of silver.

85mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£85  In stock now

DSC_0076asmall

Sycamore brickwork
acrylic finish

This little vase has been carved and stained to resemble red brickwork. The ‘mortar’ between the bricks has been left unstained to show the natural colour of the wood

80mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£65  In stock now

DSC_0060asmall

Stained sycamore, textured and painted
Acrylic finish
 


This small vase was made from a very white piece of sycamore which lends itself well to staining and painting. The vase has been divided into irregular areas, some of which have been textured with a ball burr to make small circular indentations which catch the light

85mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£65 In stock now

DSC_0072asmall

Sycamore, textured and painted
Acrylic finish

This small vase was divided into irregular panels which were then textured and painted with blue paint. When dry, the surface was lightly sanded to remove paint from the high spots and give it a worn effect which makes it look older.

The high spots and the area between panels show the natural colour of the wood.

85mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£65 In stock now

DSC_0008asmall

Burr Elm ball
Wax finish
 


This vase was made from an elm burr, hollowed through the hole in the top. The opening was decorated with small pieces of Holly (white) and Anjam (dark) woods, and the whole thing polished to a high gloss finish.

 

ball 135mm dia
(5½in)

£95 In stock now

DSC_0094asmall

Painted Sycamore with glass finial
Acrylic finish
 


This piece is painted with iridescent paints and has a green-glass topped, reversible finial. The finial can be turned over to reveal a white-glass topped finial which allows the owner to ‘ring the changes’. I simply couldn’t decide which looked best, so I did both!

 

120mm tall x 70mm dia
(4¾in x 2¾in)

£85 In stock now

DSC_0067asmall

Sycamore with a textured twist
acrylic finish

 This vase has been stained a deep bottle green. There are twelve twists and alternate ones have been textured and painted with the lightest touch of silver. The green stain has then bled through the silver paint giving it a delicate green tint. I didn’t know that would happen when I did it, but sometimes these accidental effects work in your favour!

85mm tall x 70mm dia
(3¼in x 2¾in)

£85  In stock now

pencil pot asmall

A Pencil Pot!
acrylic finish

Not a pot to put pencils in, but a pot made from pencils. Thirty-six coloured pencils to be exact.

The hexagonal pencils were cut in half and glued together into a block which was then shaped and hollowed. The hexagons, each with its coloured centre mean the piece needs no further decoration.

60mm tall x 70mm dia
(3½in x 2¾in)

Sorry, gone!

* An exact timber colour or grain pattern match cannot be guaranteed for items made to order because every tree and piece of wood is an individual.
It’s what makes your item unique.