Green Heart Vase

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Project by MactheKnife posted 01-10-2015 02:19 AM 652 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK this one is a bit special, well in context it, is for me, 4 times the size of anything I have done before and also a one chance deal.

I was asked by a colleague to make something nice out of a large lump of wood that a friend of his had salvaged.

Turns out the friend was a former harbour master at Tilbury Docks (historic dockyard in the UK)
This lump of wood came from the dockyard that was built in the 1880s.
I thought initially it was teak or mahogany, but its most likely Green Heart.
The bit of wood I was given was really heavy, really wet and water damaged. I agreed to just make something nice to to commemorate a lifetime working at a historic dockyard.
This was a real handful, the wood changed shape every day, it would be round one minute and oval the next, never had vibration in the lathe like it. Even when round it was weighted out of balance. I think this owes me a new bearing.
Finished vase is 15inch tall and 30lbs.
No finish applied, its sanded to 1200 grit.
Apologies for the photo angles, had some issues uploading them. Technology bah!
When I initially started turning this I had no idea how tough it would be, a real learning curve, but also a chance to do exactly what I always envisioned I wanted to do on the lathe.

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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 10:10 AM

Beautiful. You did a great job and anyone should be proud to have this vase.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 01:52 PM

I agree with Tom on this one beautiful work.


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