Left: The finished product. Right: Stages in the production process.
For this piece Mick created a chucking point and then drilled out the basic hole for the goblet to depth using his largest drill (1”). He cut away the hole to a conical shape so the mouth was almost full size. Then using a “hook” tool he cut away the inner walls of the hollow to produce his desired shape using touch as his guide, finishing out with a teardrop cutter. Finally he used the wax/oil polish to finish the inside.
Next he fitted a conical head to a revolving bearing and used this to support the wood inside the hole while he cut away the outside of the goblet bowl using callipers to test thickness as he went. After a brief discussion on ying and yang he cut the stem/foot of the goblet to create a shape that is the antithesis of the goblet bowl. Then he cut away the initial part of the foot parting to give himself a finished shape. He blocked off the mouth to the goblet to protect the inside from paint and applied a black gesso to the exterior of the goblet to stop seepage through the wood, again to protect the interior. He sprayed gloss black and then lacquer, drying between coats, before adding copious amounts of blue, gold and silver paints and wrapping it all in cling film. After removing this last he dried the item and then cleaned up the mouth and foot, which had been protected by the wax/oil, with a little light sanding.