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Project by trifern posted 01-17-2009 04:55 AM 1899 views 0 times favorited 20 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 01-17-2009 05:12 AM

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 01-17-2009 05:54 AM

You are gifted my friend! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 06:27 AM

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 01-17-2009 06:44 AM

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 01-17-2009 06:48 AM

Very nice, love the color

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 08:33 AM

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

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

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#7 posted 01-17-2009 09:27 AM

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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#8 posted 01-17-2009 01:49 PM

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 01-17-2009 01:59 PM

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 01-17-2009 02:58 PM

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 01-17-2009 05:16 PM

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

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

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#12 posted 01-17-2009 08:59 PM

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 01-17-2009 11:41 PM

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 01-18-2009 12:31 AM

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 01-18-2009 06:45 AM


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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