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This hollow form is turned from River Birch. I saw some guys cutting down a tree about a month ago. I stopped and asked what they were going to do with the wood. They said they were going to take it to the country and burn it. I asked if I may have some. They said, “Sure, but it ain’t no good for nothin. But if you want some, we trade even up for a smoke.” I gave them 7 Camels, and they loaded as much wood as my 325i would hold. I’m glad the Camels are all that went up in smoke.

The vase measures 7.5” tall by 3.75” wide. It is finished with wipe-on poly and Briwax.

All comments are welcome and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 2101 days ago

Very nice Joe, beautiful shape.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 2101 days ago

WOW! Nicely done. Wonderful job!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 2101 days ago

At least they didn’t have to walk a mile to put the stuff in your car!

Beautiful Job, Joe!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 2101 days ago

So let’s see … you turn remarkable pieces and they seem to have really good stories behind them. Now it seems even getting wood turns into a story. You’ve got a knack for story telling and wood turning. It seems insincere to keep saying I love your work, but as long as it’s appropriate, I have to keep saying I love your work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 2101 days ago

very nice hollow form, i cannot wait to try one that deep.good shape and size.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 2101 days ago

precisely, carefully conducted, simply – and charmingly..
like me, this is your quiet simplicity in the wor!


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#7 posted 2101 days ago

7 camels Joe, thats a big price to pay!. Nice job on the vases though.

camel walking funny Pictures, Images and Photos

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

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#8 posted 2101 days ago

You should really get a larger car and carry an extra pack of smokes.

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

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#9 posted 2101 days ago

Sweet Joe, and sounds like a good deal for you, I’ll be sending you a message here shortly, talk about somethings we’ve discussed in past.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 2101 days ago

now you need to send them a picture…very nice!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 2101 days ago

Thanks guys…

I have to admit, it was kind of weird driving off that day. I look at them and smiled as I thought to myself, “I can’t believe those guys have no idea what beauty lies within this wood.” They looked at me while smoking their camels, smiling and thinking to themselves, “I can’t believe we just loaded bug infested firewood into that idiot’s BMW, and he gave us free smokes to boot.”

It’s a bittersweet world out there…

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

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#12 posted 2101 days ago

Yes Joe, but you know the value of real treasure & their fun went up in smoke.

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

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#13 posted 2101 days ago

What an incredible trade! We thank you for sharing your work and story and the vase thanks you for a new life!

-- "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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#14 posted 2101 days ago

You’ve given the term “Joe Camel” a whole new meaning. This is another beautiful turning. I love birch. Four or five years ago my brother & I made a wall of bookcases in my den out of river birch. “Camel” reminds me of the beauty this wood.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 2101 days ago

Well !!! another goodone, I just hauled a load of Russian Olive my Son in Law felled, and want to let it dry for a bit. Then I’ll see what’s hiding inside. Just came back from a Woodworking Show in Denver CO. and saw some awesome turning results.

-- Karl, Wyoming

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