Walnut and Osage Orange Faberge Egg

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Project by Cyrus Fillmore posted 12-18-2014 06:24 AM 1388 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been learning to do hand cut twists on the lathe and had some success. So attempted something much more difficult.
This little dude came out of a Walnut tree trunk that had only been down for about a year, so I had to work fast in order to get it thin enough to keep it from cracking. The Shell ended up at about 3/16 thickness, the base is hollow from the bottom and about 1/4 thick. The over all height of it is about 10 inches with the finial.
The close up shows the Flower pedestal and the Osage Orange “yoke”
In all I had about 30 hours in the forming and another 40 hours in sanding it.

It found a new home before it had finish on it. A generous soul offered me a matching sum so that he could give it to his wife for their 25th anniversary. So alas all I have of it now are the Photos.

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 12:51 PM

Nice work and Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 01:15 PM

That would’ve been hard to part with…

Welcome to LumberJocks and thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 03:30 PM

nice work

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 05:12 PM

Wait, hand cut?! That is impressive. I would just be ecstatic to have a four-axis CNC router to do that with. Not to pry, but if that “matching sum” isn’t in the thousands, then I’m not sure it covers for your 70 hours of work adequately.

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Cyrus Fillmore

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 08:19 PM

Thanks Everyone
It was a little hard to part with, And it did go for less than it should of but I’m a bit of a softy when it comes to people who have managed 25 years together.

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 09:35 PM

Very nice turning and hand work, looks great.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 12-19-2014 12:04 AM

very nice. well done project. but please, rotate your pictures before posting.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Cyrus Fillmore

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 12:25 AM

Toy Guy, The files were rotated when I uploaded them. I do not know why they loaded this way

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#9 posted 12-19-2014 08:11 PM

Well done, nice work

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

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#10 posted 12-22-2014 10:47 AM

That is beautiful and the yolk is an amusing contrast. Really, really well done. If I would put a value to it, it would be priceless.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#11 posted 12-24-2014 11:06 AM

That came out awesome.

-- Have a great day.

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