A Miniature Hollow Form. Another "Charity Piece"....

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Project by TannerTurnings posted 09-21-2014 08:53 PM 708 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today, September 21st 2014, marks 6 years since my dear friend Jillian died as the result of a tragic accident, falling 700 feet from a mountain track in the Snowdonia region or North Wales, UK. In her memory, I have turned this Miniature Hollow Form, with a Brass inlay, that I will auction & donate the money to the Mountain Rescue Team that recovered her body.

The piece is made from Sapele, and stands about 3.75 inches tall, and is about 2.25 inches at its largest diameter. Not having any form of hollowing tools, the piece was made in 2 parts. I started by turning a cylinder with a tenon at both ends, then parting off the upper section. I then made a mortise in the upper section (as you would when making a lidded box) hollowing it out with a spindle gouge, and applying a finish (2 coats of Cellulose sanding sealer & 2 coats of pure Carnuba Wax). I then made a tenon on the main body of the piece & hollowed & finished as before. Now I re-assembled the piece, making sure to line up the grain, and glued it with CA. I then turned the whole piece as one. I then cut a shallow groove at the point where the 2 parts join, and hide that join line by inlaying the Brass wire. The outer was then also finished in the same way as the inner.

This is a FIRST for me on 2 counts. My 1st 2-part hollow form, & my 1st wire inlay. :-)

I hope the sale of this piece will raise a reasonable amount of money for the Mountain Rescue Team!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 09:39 PM

Beautiful piece and great gesture toward the rescuers!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 11:35 AM

That is a great piece, and for a very worthy cause.
Congratulations on these 2 achievements.
Thanks for showing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 12:54 PM

Very nice job with the brass wire. Your generosity will help others.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 01:21 PM

There is always something good that can come from the sad times in our lives. Your honoring of your friend will help others out there and that is great!

Nice turning!!! I like what the wire added to the piece!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 10:28 PM

Thanks for the kind comments folks! I aim to be making some more “Charity Pieces” over the next few weeks. Luckily, I got a HEAP of Sapele from a friend (about 50 foot of 3.75 inch square) for the price of 3 pints of beer, so I have enough to make these pieces without loosing anything but my time. I have already sold a piece that I made from some of this wood, so the remaining 49 feet is, in essence, “free”.

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#6 posted 09-27-2014 10:12 PM

UPDATE! This piece is now being auctioned through eBay, and after only about 12 hours the bid stands at £15 (UK) ($24.37 US)

You can follow the auction here:

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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