I got a barrel of flour, Lord, I got a bucket of lard.
I ain’t got no blues, got chickens in my back yard.
Jimmie Rodgers, “No Hard Times” 1932
Maybe I should have the blues; I’ve only got a little flour, no lard, and one chicken — a wooden one at that.
I shared the early stages of this catalpa bowl in a post back in September. I took a few photos the rest of the way and put them in the slide show below. You’ll have to view the actual post, out of your email program, to see the slide show.
On the exterior, I applied a wash of titanium white artist oil paint thinned with citrus solvent, then wiped it back revealing more of the wood along the ridges between flutes. Then linseed oil and beeswax over the whole thing. There’s something about the combination of the character of the catalpa grain and the variations in the color that give it a bit of an aged-but-cared-for appearance.
The camera picks up the reflections off of the white a little too strongly. The shot above is probably a more true representation, with the color of the wood coming through.
The hollow of the bowl is full and deep and it’s a pretty big bird. 21″ long, 8 3/4″ wide, and 6 3/4″ high.
This one is available. $850 includes shipping. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. SOLD