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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 02-08-2015 11:17 AM 1989 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

636 piece twisted vase was the result of patience that took more than 2 weeks to just building the construction to get it ready for turning. 576 pieces, in 4 stages plus 60 pieces for the base and mouth were glued before turning.
Also, there were few steps between cutting and gluing the segments such as cleaning the saw dust in each of them by sanding them individually .
I enjoyed going through all the process so much that I have, already, started with another project in which the segments will be close to 1300 pieces. Hope you like it as much as I do.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 11:25 AM

I have still never given the open segment turning a whirl. You are inspiring me to do so. You vase looks like it would have been fun to make. Good luck with the next ones.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 12:31 PM

AND, good luck to you with your attempt.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 12:31 PM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 12:45 PM

Sam; you have the gift that few of us are granted. As you know I don’t come to this site much anymore, but when I see that you have a new project posted I always must take a look. The setup for an artistry in this detail is so very satisfying. Every layer scrutinized from every viewpoint before gluing. A truly awe inspiring piece of art.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 01:38 PM

A Gifted piece for sure…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 03:04 PM

It’s beautiful Sam! I’m not sure I can fully appreciate the effort it takes to make an open turning like this – I’m sure it took many, many hours. It was worth it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 03:47 PM

Sam, you have the patience of Job.

Beautiful Work!

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

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#8 posted 02-08-2015 04:06 PM

you have raised the bar regarding patience and skill, my applause to you and I will most certainly not compete, my paitence level would have ended just above the base.

Great job !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 02-08-2015 04:14 PM

Great job Sam

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 02-08-2015 05:43 PM

I can really appreciate “the few steps between cutting and gluing” as well as all the steps in turning each
section that took more than two weeks. The end result is a wonderful turned vase that proves once
more that you are a master of the lathe. Thank you for sharing and making us dream.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 02-08-2015 08:32 PM

Wow, Sam this is really a wonderful turning. I have seen similar turnings and marveled at the patience, skill, accuracy, and determination something like this takes. You keep turning out some really fine pieces and you continue to inspire the rest of us to keep pushing the envelope of our skills.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 02-08-2015 10:13 PM

This is a knock out Sam, your photos really tell the amount of work in these pieces, love your timber selection & assembly, my photo pic is the one with the flowers it shows up great.
cheers mate

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

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#14 posted 02-09-2015 01:21 AM

Very stunning piece, Sam. Great job as usual!!

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

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#15 posted 02-09-2015 01:59 AM

You sure are having fun Sam. a beautiful piece with the choice of woods and great finish. Another great creation by the master. Look forward to seeing the next one.

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

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