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Turtle Tales

April 27, 2016

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Our turtle wheel is coming along pretty well, I believe.  The paintings on the big wheels need more glazing but the glaze medium dries slowly so this will have to do for today.  I like the vibrant colors of the ocean against the walnut and sapelle.

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This is the other painting.  I think our computer monitor washes out color. The paintings look a lot richer in person. Also the bronze starfish in the hubs and the sea horses in the footman rods have a clear resin poured over them to give an underwater feel.

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There is a garden for an octopus and its buddies right on the frame between the treadles.  This area is still under construction.  Also the treadles gently echo the shape and pattern of a turtle’s flippers.

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Between the treadles, tucked away under the big wheels, is a hatchling turtle leaving its broken shell and headed to the water – or carpet, whichever comes first.

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More work needs doing on this big old turtle head but it does have a presence.  Probably will be the only turtle at any spin-in!

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Just another angle for fun.  This shows the paua shell inlays in the front leg. Today it’s on to more undersea adventures!

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5 Comments
  1. gerda Mullner permalink

    Absolutely beautiful !

    On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:06 AM, Olympic Spinning Wheels wrote:

    > 0lympicwheels posted: ” Our turtle wheel is coming along pretty well, I > believe. The paintings on the big wheels need more glazing but the glaze > medium dries slowly so this will have to do for today. I like the vibrant > colors of the ocean against the walnut and sapelle. T” >

  2. Another masterpiece!

  3. rabbitsheepllama permalink

    Beautiful work love this wheel. Planning on sending you money soon. still bonding with smeed castle oh how I love this wheel. You are the best!!!!!!!!

  4. rabbitsheepllama permalink

    If they reject this wheel you have my # this is wonderful. Your talent is amazing.

  5. Terrylee permalink

    Have you made a mermaid ish wheel?
    And how large is the oriface?

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