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Project by trifern posted 10-09-2008 02:35 PM 2913 views 7 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece that really needs to be picked up and moved around in the sunlight. It is iridescent and changes colors quit nicely. The colors range from shades of black, purple and blue. It measures 3.5” tall by 6.5” wide and is turned from catalpa. It was dyed with purple leather dye and then sanded with 220 grit paper. It was then dyed with turquoise leather dye and sealed with 5 coats of lacquer. The lacquer was buffed with 0000 steel wool. A liming wax was then applied and buffed with 0000 steel wool. A final topcoat of Briwax was applied.

Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 10-09-2008 02:39 PM

Majestic, indeed!

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#2 posted 10-09-2008 02:42 PM

Amazing grain, interesting use of leather dyes.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 10-09-2008 02:46 PM

I guess I’m prejudiced because blue is my favorite color, but this is spectacular. What the color does for the grain is amazing.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-09-2008 04:15 PM

I’m loving your blue “phase” lately Picasso. :) It’s not easy to make wood look nice when “colored” blue, but you do the best job of it, imo.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 10-09-2008 04:23 PM

...building up a beautiful portfolio of turnings!

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#6 posted 10-09-2008 04:35 PM

This is another amazing piece. It has such a beautiful color and grain pattern.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 10-09-2008 05:02 PM

Another beautiful turning Joe, it is amazing how you get the colors you do get from the wood.

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#8 posted 10-09-2008 05:09 PM

this piece is f ing amazing! your finishes make every piece just that much more amazing. i would love it if you did a small blog or vid on how you do your finishes. and if it’s your little secret i understand that to. great job as always.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#9 posted 10-09-2008 05:14 PM

Incredible colours, Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#10 posted 10-09-2008 10:20 PM

Those are just absolutely awesome. If I ever get rid of all this spalted Maple, I’m going to give that process a try!


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#11 posted 10-09-2008 10:28 PM

I bet you get a spiral effect when you turn that one slowly Joe.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 10-10-2008 02:42 AM

Those grain lines really play eye tricks. It looks great but I really have to know, where to do find the time to have a job?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 10-10-2008 05:45 AM

I thought the last blue one was nice , Joe , but this one really takes the ribbon ! Great job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 10-10-2008 02:51 PM

Brian. I do have a job that I am successful at. I usually spend a couple of hours most nights in the shop.

Thanks for all the kind remarks. I appreciate them all.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#15 posted 10-10-2008 10:32 PM

Beautiful piece! The lines are so elegant with the contrast you created. I want to touch it and feel the wonderful curves you created. Well done! Well done! Please creat and show more!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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