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My new upcoming project #1: My problem!

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Blog entry by Bearpie posted 10-19-2011 04:58 AM 1116 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am contemplating a new segmented bowl/vase project and am planning to document my progress from start to finish. From start meaning the planning stages and drawings, measurements and wood selections. Obviously I have already started planning but so far it has only been in my head and rough drafts. I found a beautiful piece of Lignum Vitae board while on a trip back from Washington D.C. in a Woodcraft store in North Carolina. I have never seen such a large board of LV before, all have been small pieces, and it was beautiful light olive green in color with beautiful grains. Yes, it was expensive, over $60 for a 7/8” x 6” x 48” long board. Needless to say, I bought it! I cut a 1” strip 6” long from one corner and made a small sample piece of my envisioned project. I made 3 different patterns on one side and none on the other to gauge the preview looks. The patterns did not please my eyes as much as the plainer side did.

The first photo shows the 3 different patterns, which do you like best?

The second shows the plain side, I am leaning more to this side as being more striking!

My only problem is that I would not be able to start this project till January as I have thrown my back out a couple days ago and cannot move well and it is very uncomfortable to stand very long and I cannot bend over without holding on to something. I also have a lot on my plate this week and next and on November first I’ll be having a total left knee replacement and that will keep me out of the shop for at least a month and possibly more. Hopefully after that I’ll be in a lot less pain!

Are there any of you willing to follow and learn along with me as I attempt to do this project? Regardless if there are anyone interested or not, I will do this for my own personal satisfaction and I will post the project when finished.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL



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trasner

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 05:32 AM

Erwin,
Lots of potential with that wood. I would use the plain side but make one feature ring with the pattern. Good luck with your surgery.

-- Todd

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 11:04 AM

I like Todd’s idea of using the plain side and having an accent ring with the pattern. I think that would make a very attractive project.

I hope you feel better soon. Back issues are really difficult to deal with. Take it easy and take good care of yourself so you heal quickly. Between your back and your knee, you really need to lay low. Let us know how you do with your surgery. Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Sam Shakouri

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 03:02 PM

Well, evreyone knows that health comes first but some people ignore this fact and then regret it latter. Please dont be one of them. We need you to be always healthy and fit to show us more of your talent, Erwin.
All the best.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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ShopTinker

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 02:04 AM

I was going to suggest the one accent ring with the pattern on alternate pieces. I like the bottom left of the three.

I would be interested in following along as you make this, whenever you get to it. Take care of yourself, we will be here when your ready and able.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Transition

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 04:03 AM

I agree with everyone else: less is more. I’d love to follow along. I have known several people who have had knee replacements. They are as good as ever! Best of luck and get well soon! And take your time. I hear wood moves but I’m sure it won’t go far.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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Loucarb

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 01:25 PM

Good luck with the project Erwin and I know how bad the back can get. I hurt mine during the summer with the grand kids and was held up for awhile.

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