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Project by trifern posted 1915 days ago 1375 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form is turned from end grain, fiddle back ash. This is one of the finest pieces of ash I’ve seen. It measures 7” tall by 4.5” wide. It is finished with aniline dyes, spray lacquer, and Briwax tinted black with MIXOL.

All comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.

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

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 1915 days ago

I agree, that is one fine piece of ash!! Great job, and beautiful color!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 1915 days ago

You are gifted my friend! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 1915 days ago

Beautiful job Joe. I like the black tinting on the top. Looks like you’ve dyed the inside on this one too.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 1915 days ago

Beautiful Joe, I won’t make any ash jokes, I see they’ve already been done. Love the color, and am glad to see you expanding your talents. Another wonderful piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 1915 days ago

Very nice, love the color

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 1915 days ago

Beautiful once again , Joe . Is the item illuminated in the 4th picture or translucent ?

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#7 posted 1915 days ago

All of you turnings look just great. It is an inspiration.
As I reviewed them I couldn’t help but notice that you are posting a new piece every 2 to 5 days. Are you that productive or are these works spread out over more than just the past year? Also how do you come across those great pieces of wood? Do you have a “real” life away from your lathe. (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 1914 days ago

Joe, this is gorgeous. Again I am sorry about being so redundant but I just have to say something about your posts. As I have said before I just don’t know where you find the time but I am glad you do so. I really enjoy seeing these projects.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 1914 days ago

There you go again. Another masterpiece.
I love the way you experiment with colors.
Keep up the good work.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#10 posted 1914 days ago

Thanks everyone. Les, these are all new turnings. I post them as I make them. I turned my first bowl, ever, in March 2008. That bowl was about 2” tall by 4” wide and took me about 8 hours to turn. This piece took about 3 hours to turn. A lot of practice has allowed me to become quite proficient. I try to spend a couple of hours a day in my studio while my daughter is at swim practice.

Dusty, the 4th photo shows that the piece is dyed a little brighter to create the illusion of translucency.

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

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#11 posted 1914 days ago

That is an amazing trick on the eyes , Joe …Thanks for the info : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#12 posted 1914 days ago

very beautiful turning Joe. I’m impressed, your skill keeps improving with every bowl. I would love to see a finial.

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

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#13 posted 1914 days ago

Wow, love the lighter inside. Like there is heat in there working it’s way out through the wall of the vase. Very cool.

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

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#14 posted 1914 days ago

nice and well coloured looks ver uniform good job nice turning too. all the pics looked the same or is it just me or a repeat LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 1914 days ago


Well done and all the piece of Ash jokes are already done. Have you ever done a blog on vessel turning? I am really interested in learning to do it, but it looks so difficult.

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