Practice makes progress. This one has been "done" for quite a while but I finally got around to putting some oil on it and giving it a polish over the last couple of days.
Made from a scrap of something from the scrap pile. I think it might be some sort of mahogany like substance, it carved pretty nice and takes a decent polish. There are a couple of small cracks in the end of the bowl that weren't visible until I started finish sanding it ()
The knots are from bowl -> handle:
- Mathew Walker knot (ashely #681)
- Three strand twist over a core (presumably.. the thickness implies a core anyway )
- footrope knot (ashely #696)
- Four strand cage and two free floating balls (dreams of doing a monkeys fist on these were suppressed ).
- double footrope knot (ashely #697)
Astute observers will note that the cage is four strands while the twist and knots are all three strand I had a theory on how to make a three strand spiral cage but decided to punt on this rendition as I was already well into the deep end.
My hand for scale.
Detail front and back of the Mathew Walker knot (ashely #681)
Detail front of the handle knots. The small knot is a "footrope knot" (ashely #696) and the large knot is a "double footrope knot" (ashely #697) which is a close kissing cousin of the more common "manrope knot" (crown and then wall vs wall and then crown). The primary end difference is that its easier to do a single (nice for continuity) and the ends come out the top instead of being tucked into back in. The back looks about the same