Rain Dance

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Project by trifern posted 02-06-2009 05:13 AM 1695 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form is turned from end grain, fiddle back, ambrosia maple. It measures 3.5 inches by seven inches. I was playing around with Prismacolor markers and color pencils. I was trying to blend my Kokopelli rain dancer so he looked similar to the ambrosia maple. It is finished with Waterlox and spray lacquer.

All comments, especially critiques, are welcomed and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 05:25 AM

This is an interesting piece, Joe. I love the grain pattern on the maple. This was an excellent choice for the project.

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

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 06:00 AM

Gorgeous piece, Joe, but I’m not sure about the guy smoking the big fat doobie…

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 06:45 AM

Hey Joe – thats cool, Like your expanding the realm here. Great piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 06:59 AM

Another great piece. I was going to start refurbishing my dads old Craftsman lathe next week but you’ve set the bar so high that I wonder if I should bother at all. :-) You have definately given me something to shoot for.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 07:01 AM

look, its Michael Phelps!

nice piece.

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 07:12 AM

It worked out very well. How did you get the Ambrosia worms to work together to create the Kokopelli design so acurately? Very impressive!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 09:08 AM

Very nice. Kokopelli is my favorite enigma. Why do you call him a rain dancer?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 01:35 PM

Another great piece! You are so blessed to aquire such beautiful wood
and have the skills to do it justice.
Thanks again for letting us see them.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 02-06-2009 01:38 PM


-- making sawdust....

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#10 posted 02-06-2009 02:58 PM

Topamax Survivor, Kokopelli is a fertility deity that presides over childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music. In his domain over agriculture, Kokopelli’s flute playing chases away the Winter and brings about Spring. Many tribes, such as the Zuni, also associate Kokopelli with the rains.

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

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#11 posted 02-06-2009 08:06 PM

Very nice. I wonder where I can get one of those Kokopelli’s flutes to use here in Minnesota.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#12 posted 02-07-2009 06:49 AM

do you have an assistant keeping your shop clean for you ? you are having too much fun !

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

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#13 posted 02-07-2009 07:29 AM

Your kokopelli certainly does look like a worm left it behind in your piece of ambrosia maple and you just revealed it’s presence in the act of turning. You can almost see an angle with wings or a bird on the backside of the vessel.

Another great piece trifern!

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#14 posted 02-08-2009 12:46 AM

Joe, how about sending the rain dancer down here, I have nearly forgotten what rain looks like. LOL

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

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#15 posted 02-12-2009 11:48 PM

Joe, very nice…I have to agree with wood_wench. When I first saw this picture I thought it was a natural “blemish”. Great choice of wood and design.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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