Tiger Maple Pencil Holder

Fire Maple Pencil Holder
KAPOW 2021 Week 2Wood CarvingJanuary 10, 2021
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

This week I carved a two barrel pencil holder out of a block of tiger maple. There may have been more sawing, drilling, filing, and sanding than actual carving. I originally intended the chunk of tiger maple for a wood-turning project, but the odd-size and shape of it seemed more appropriate for a carving project (the swoops at the top were already there). And I could see the pencil holder shape…..

The textured pattern of the maple is pretty incredible.

I finished the pencil holder with a simple coat of boiled linseed oil.

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

Duck Fire Bucket

Duck Fire Bucket
KAPOW 2021 Week 1SewingJanuary 3, 2021
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

Another more crafty project as the new year dawns.

This week I made a waxed canvas (duck) bucket to use dousing campfires car camping.

The bucket has a diameter of 9 inches and is ~ 9 inches tall. It is made from two layers of waxed canvas. It holds water surprising well (Photo #5 below).

Future work will be to add the handle (Photo #4 above)….waiting on some hardware to arrive.

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

Moat Candleholder

Moat Candleholder
KAPOW 2020 Week 26Wood TurningDecember 27, 2020
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

FAILURE! The KAPOW follows the warts-and-all approach–as a weekly art project is sure to produce.

This week I made a wood turned candle holder out of a block of Myrtle (starting size = 6x6x3 inches). All was going well……I turned the wood on the lathe (using the new lathe chuck I got for Christmas (thanks Mom & Dad!)). And if you look at picture #1 below, all was still quite good. I drilled the holes for the candles. There was a candle holder.

If only I had stopped there….. But, I thought it would be a great idea to pour some blue-tinted epoxy into the channel I had created in the top of the candle holder—a moat? (see pictures below). The epoxy did not set [lesson learned–always test the epoxy thickness, temperature, etc. before pouring into an almost finished project]. The epoxy remains gooey! Worse, in an attempt to help the epoxy to set, I left the candle holder in front of a space heater–too close!!!! The wood started to check and split (see picture #2 below). If the wood had not split, I would just goop out the epoxy and refinish the candle holder. As it is, I will wait and see if the checks/splits heal themselves (if so, there may be a return of the project!).

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

Redelm Swirlclops

Redelm Swirlclops
KAPOW 2020 Week 25Wood CarvingDecember 20, 2020
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

Redelm Swirlclops started off ‘life’ as a cutoff from last week’s Leopard Nightstand. I had a vision of an infinity swirl/cyclops face coming out of a body and attempted to carve the face from the block. Ultimately, I did not get as much relief in the swirl as intended (the red elm wood was very, very hard and difficult to carve!), but it does make an interesting effect.

Height = 5 inches

I am not the most thorough sander….and the the pictures do highlight the imperfections. It looks a lot more sanded in polished (sanded) in person.

I have an idea for a Swirlclops version two….stayed tuned…..

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

Leopard Night Stand

Leopard Night Stand
KAPOW 2020 Week 23 + 24WoodworkingDecember 13, 2020
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

KAPOW week 23 went from one week to two! (A KAPOW rules violation!). Here is the KAPOW week 23 and 24 project:

A nightstand made out of Leopardwood and Red Elm. We needed a narrower nightstand, so I envisioned this pedestal style nightstand with dual table surfaces. It has a 5 degree (back) angle for the main beam.

Next step: add a small drawer under the lower table surface (I have an idea how to attach one).

Some additional thoughts: I did plan the top joint with some consideration for expansion/contraction, but if it does separate, the plan is to route out a channel where the wood meets and fill with a separate strip of wood. Also, the base could be a bit heavier. It is not going to fall over, but it could use more weight to anchor it (I was going to use thicker wood with larger feet at the base, but ran out of wood).

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

TreeAngle

TreeAngle
KAPOW 2020 Week 21Digital PaintingNovember 22, 2020
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

Sometimes you lead the idea. Sometimes the idea leads you. This is not where I thought this image was going. The KAPOW this week is…..TreeAngle. A tree at sunset or a piano? You make the interpretation.

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

Logos

Logos
KAPOW 2020 Week 20Digital ImageNovember 8, 2020
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

New logos are here! This week the KAPOW focused on creating a new logo for the KAPOW and for nodefinition.art.

The goal was to create visually simple logos that can be customized over time. Here are some alternate views:

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..

Beach sENTry

Beach sENTry
KAPOW 2020 Week 19Digital PaintingNovember 1, 2020
KAPOW = Kevin’s Art Project of the Week

Recently, I have been noticing all sorts of things–trees, shrubs, and and other natural objects in the great outdoors–that appear if they have an animistic essence. This week’s KAPOW is a digital painting enhancement of a Beach sENTry.

I encountered this quasi-cairn on a beach in Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island.

Immediately, of course, I saw the Beach sENTry. The ‘ENT’ traces back to the Tree Shepherds of the Lord of the Rings….and a previous KAPOW: https://nodefinition.art/2020/07/19/olyent/

Compare the differences here:

For more information on the KAPOW project, follow this link.

Remember, there is no definition of art…..