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Project by TheDane posted 11-10-2014 06:53 PM 1043 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This ornament is a little over 7 inches from top to tip, and is comprised of five elements. The finial, center ball, and icicle are Cocobolo, and the two natural edge shells are the two halves of a piece of limb from an ornamental tree a friend took down (circuitous way of saying I don’t know what it is!).

This ornament is a little heavy for my liking (cocabolo is pretty dense, and I couldn’t figure out a way to take much weight out of the center ball by hollowing … the ball is only 1 1/8 inch in diameter and has a tenon on each end). I also had trouble keeping the bark on the natural edge elements … I have never worked with a natural edge turning this small (3 inches long, two inches wide, with < 1/8” wall thickness).

Full Disclosure: The design idea for this came from Kelly Bresnahan, an instructor at the NWTC Artisan Center in Green Bay. This design was on3e of several he suggested in a class on turned ornaments in November.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Thewoodman2000

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#1 posted 11-10-2014 07:40 PM

Cool design! The colors work well together. Nice turn.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 07:43 PM

COOL lil thingy…

Nice work…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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stefang

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 10:00 PM

Very nice and arty ornament, (suspended sculpture?). Good turning work on the little natural edged bowls too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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peteg

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 01:27 AM

Sweet job Gerry :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Sellers

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 01:57 AM

Looks more like a work of art than an ornament.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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hunter71

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 03:15 AM

Very cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Cliff

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 03:29 AM

Gerry, Very nice!!! One of those ornament/artworks that are a good talking point for people to ponder on while sitting in your lounge room sipping coffee.
The two natural edge shells each side of the centre ball set it off nicely. The colours work well too. Great Work.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Doe

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 10:45 AM

Very ingenious! The live edge wave is perfect. You could use a dowel or brass (pen type) tube instead of tenons to lighten it up a bit. Even so, it is a unique art piece and extremely well done!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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tabell221

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 10:09 PM

Awesome work, hope you don’t mind if I make something similar. I like trying different ornament designs.

-- oops! I made more kindling

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TheDane

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 10:12 PM

... hope you don t mind if I make something similar.

Go for it … just make sure you post it when you get it done!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Vince

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#11 posted 11-16-2014 12:55 PM

I like it….very creative.

-- Vince

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