This is a bowl I finished recently and finally got pics taken of. When I was making the finish cuts on the inside, I nearly went through the bottom of, and had made it so thin I couldn't cut the tenon off. Barry Stratton urged me to get 'er done and put a foot on it, so I did. It needed to be pretty substantial, since the bowl is about 18" across, and I wanted something to go with the ogee form of the bowl (a departure for me anyway). I also decided to go with a pedestal instead of a foot, since contrasting feet on bowls often look like an afterthought to me. Even though I was covering up a mistake, I wanted it to look intentional.
The bowl is a piece of crotch wood with all sorts of figure going on, so I figured it would be worth trying to salvage. The pedestal is some plain, almost punky alder that was turned, filled with Durham's Water Putty, re-turned, painted with about 4 or 5 different "faux metallic patina" finishes -- all of which looked cool but just not with the color of the elm -- and finally a dozen or so coats of black spray enamel, then another 5 or 6 coats of clear gloss lacquer, wet sanded and buffed out like a car. The bowl has a couple coats of polymerized tung oil, then a few coats of spray satin lacquer, buffed with PL compound. Very smooth to the touch but it contrasts with the shine of the pedestal.
Dainty it ain't, and not really a style I'd tend to have in my home, but I'm hoping somewhere there's a lady out there that will simple HAVE to have this.
(Click the pics to embiggen them.)
And a quick shot on the dining room table to give a sense of its size...
Comments, critiques, suggestions, and questions are all welcome.