Becoming part of history - with the university of indianapolis
In preparation for their Spring 2017 commencement, the University of Indianapolis was seeking someone who could create a ceremonial mace to represent the history of the university. They had it carefully planned, using wood salvaged from trees that had grown on the grounds, with unique segments to represent different parts of the school's history. They drafted an approximate representation of their vision, and started looking for someone with the diverse skills and artistic ability to deliver a finished product in time for graduation. After talking to several woodworking professionals, they were referred to Mark. He gladly accepted the challenge, and is proud to now be part of the history of the university.
segmented woodturning - steps of the process
With the experience gained from more than 20 years in the business of providing custom radius mill work for elite homes in central Indiana, Mark finds those same skills to be very beneficial in creating this artwork. Whether designing and building the crown moulding for arch-topped kitchen cabinets, or fitting the small segments together to construct the vessels, the demand for precision joinery is the same. The knowledge of how to construct and work with curves of varying shapes and dimensions is basically the same applied concept, whether the end result is a radius oak staircase or a candy dish. The segments of different types of wood are carefully fitted together to form the rough shape of each piece of artwork. The final shape is obtained by cutting away the excess material using hand-held cutters and scrapers, as the form spins on the lathe. The type of finish is selected, based on the expected use of the piece. Several coats are applied to obtain the desired final appearance.