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Project by trifern posted 01-04-2009 04:42 AM 2639 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vase is turned from end grain maple and measures 8” tall by 4.25” wide. This was a piece I turned to blog about hollow forms. I am not real pleased with the foot or the coloration. I seamed to get distracted stopping and photographing. Things turn out better when I’m completely in the zone without distractions. All comments and critiques are always welcomed and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 04:59 AM

I’ll admit that I like photo 1 better than 3. That being said, its nothing to be unhappy about. YOu are breaking new ground as far as most of us are concerned and I’m planning some experiments of my own based on what you’ve been doing (I just work slow so pics will follow in about 2 yrs). Thanks for posting. I still think what you deem unsatisfactory is what most of us are striving to attain.

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 05:04 AM

I like everything but the foot. I think you could take that off and have a much better bowl. I still like the way you color your bowls!


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#3 posted 01-04-2009 05:21 AM

The foot bothers me also. Doesn’t flow. Stops the eye. Like an unnecessary add on. The color is excellent. On second thought. I like the foot, if it was not attached to the vase. So the vase would just rest in it. Just a thought.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 05:22 AM

Hey Joe – I agree with Kerux on this, the foot is not balanced with your piece, personally I think it should be wider or not at all. The first picture is your best, the total color is great, with the 3rd picture it doesn’t have that glow in it like #1, this could be the photo, but the first stands out more. This is like critiqueing (not sure I spelled that right) a military weapon, you say what you don’t like or be critical, but the overall truth is, that you did a great job on this, and it’s very unique, way to go!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 06:05 AM

another jewel … looking forward to seeing more and more

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 07:12 PM

Joe, I see your point about the base, but I think you’re way too hard on yourself, and I know what you mean about letting the photos become a distraction. However, it’s still a beautiful turning. I’m curious, what is the dye used on this one?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 01-04-2009 07:42 PM

Looks great to me. another good turn.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 01-04-2009 10:42 PM

I like the color Joe but don’t care for the foot. To me it’s a distraction also. Very cool color about the same color I ended up painting the APC (armored personnel carrier) I had to paint in the Army because it had my radio teletype and crypto gear in it. Just before a big GI inspection. Of course I had to repaint it. I also stenciled it US AAMY. Must of been the hash.

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

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 12:55 AM

Thanks everyone. The best comment I received on this project came from my wife. She said, “Why do you keep ruining these pieces? Can’t you just leave them natural? This was such a beautiful piece until you dyed it black. You have sanded the black off, sprayed it yellow, then peacock blue, and now red? What is wrong with you?” I told her thanks and please feel free to compliment my work anytime. After the piece was finished and brought in the house, she said “that’s a cool piece when did you make that?” I guess coloring my pieces is kind of like making sausage.

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

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#10 posted 01-05-2009 02:26 AM

Joe, you never cease to amaze.

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

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#11 posted 01-05-2009 05:15 AM

well Joe , I like all of the pix but the 3rd one really shows the blisters very nicely . I don’t know how many pix that you took , but I’m sure that it was hard to just pick three of them to capture what you wanted to share with us . Regarding the foot : I don’t have that much turning experience but I think it is too small as well . I like everything else about it and would have loved to have seen it natural first like your wife had .
Good job overall : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Les Hastings

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#12 posted 01-06-2009 08:37 PM

I really like this one, not sure maye its the color that sets it off. Another nice one!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 01-09-2009 02:17 AM

Looks good to me Joe!... maybe you should’ve named this one Kermit, tho….

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 01-13-2009 01:58 AM

I had the whole page of turnings up and this one snagged my eye due to the cool colors. Very eye-catching and a lovely way to display/enhance the grain.

Foot-shmoot – looks great to me!

(If I’m still employed by the end of this year my next major tool purchase will be a lathe. It’s these vases and bowls that I’m really juiced about learning to turn!)

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#15 posted 01-13-2009 09:22 PM

really great turning Joe, you have quite an eye for color, always beautiful and unusual.
in an earlier post, (I can’t find it right now) you mentioned placing a green turned bowl in a paper bag for drying, have you seen the cd “woodturning” with Steven D. Russell? in it he explains boiling green bowls in water for an hour per inch of thickness, this is supposed to stop checking, it does not effect the color if you turn off about a 1/16th after drying. here is the info to contact him:

Steven D. Russell, 22 Thornbush Place, The Woodlands, Tx.77381-6250, phone, 936-321-2475,


-- Smitty!!!

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