Winter Embellishment

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Project by Ronald G Campbell posted 12-16-2014 09:03 PM 1203 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 5 vases that I have with me on the road. I hope to embellish all 5 this winter and have them ready for a spring show I will be in. Any Ideas on what else I can do with these. These are about 23-25 inches and are of spalted beech
Happy Holiday to all the Jocks

-- Ron Campbell

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 09:26 PM

Looking real good Ron. Can’t wait to see them finished.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 09:33 PM

I just know you’re going to have a lot of fun with these Ron, looks like you have a few ideas on the go already.
Very nice HF’s & a good size to go mad with.
Have a great holiday, go safe

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

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 11:46 PM

Hi Ron, You always have such good ideas.
As a challenge would you consider doing a checker board in the round. In each square and checker piece insert small magnets. Using epoxy to hold the magnets, sand, seal and paint. Or you could veneer the squares with two colours of wood. It appears that the tallness of the vessels could be veneered rather easily. A chess set in the round would sell like hot cakes!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Have a safe journey.
Regards, Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 01:18 AM

Being they look like wine holders- maybe some grapes and grape leaves for embellishments!!

cheers, Jim

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

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 09:17 AM

That’s a great start already Ron, have you tried doing a weave pattern. A promising sketching on pic 2nd 3.
Being a mere mortal I don’t think I can suggest anything else to help your expertise. Merry Christmas

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 03:47 PM

The carving is beautiful “as is”, but if you want to take it to another level or add a technique, you could stain the rough uncarved vase so that when you carve into it, you have a different color of the raw wood revealed to give more dimension. You could also layer the stain with another pigment to add even more dimension after carving, alike that of true Chinese lacquer work that is layered with many, many layers of lacquer and then carved to reveal a 3-D surface.

I think your carving technique will be beautiful either way you finish it.

-- "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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#7 posted 12-20-2014 02:26 PM

Very cool designs and carvings/scrollings, or however you do dat.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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