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Project by trifern posted 02-17-2009 02:13 AM 2009 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vase is turned from end grain maple crotch. It measures 7.25 inches by 3.5 inches and is finished with aniline dyes and spray lacquer. I was trying to emulate images from the Hubble telescope capturing a nebula.

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 02-17-2009 02:18 AM

Very impressive Joe. Great shape.

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 02:21 AM

How cool is this? !!!! I’d say you caught the whole nebula thing very well. It’s great and the wood is beautiful.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 02:25 AM

Extremely Nice Art,

I very much like it. Could you possibly post the same pic with something universal
like a tennis ball or quarter coin. I have a lathe as well and would like to turn bowls
and vases like this. I make pens now but want to branch out. What size lathe was this made on?

Thanks and keep up the good Wook/Art.


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#4 posted 02-17-2009 02:35 AM

Another grat turning Joe. I just love the way you use those dyes to create such spectacular finishes. I’ve got to learn to do that myself. Maybe you need to do a blog on finishing with dyes. How about that?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 02:49 AM

Joe, nice shape and size. The dyes really make this piece pop.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 02:51 AM

This is my favorite of all your color experiments so far.

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

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#7 posted 02-17-2009 02:56 AM

Beautiful Joe, really nice. Love the grain in that crotch it don’t get prettier.

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

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#8 posted 02-17-2009 03:39 AM

Another beauty Joe,

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

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#9 posted 02-17-2009 03:44 AM

Seems as fast as you turn them out you don’t have many rejects. You are incredibly consistent with beautiful, original pieces. Congratulations on your talent.

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

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#10 posted 02-17-2009 03:54 AM

The colors you come up with are awesome. This would be a great piece to have.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 02-17-2009 04:00 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 02-17-2009 04:04 AM

that looks amazing!

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#13 posted 02-17-2009 04:46 AM

I marvel at each of your turnings. Thank you so much for sharing them. They are all georgreous works of wood art.

This piece is stunning…wow!

Your unique finishes are a treat. I wish I knew someone who could teach me coloring techniques like yours.

Keep up the good work!

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#14 posted 02-17-2009 07:40 AM

I think I like this one the best of those I have seen.
You are starting to make me envious of all your productivity but I seldom persist on one theme as long as you have so that is probably why I haven’t reached your level of artistic abilities; especially with the finishes.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#15 posted 02-17-2009 08:28 AM

OOOooooh! I like this one! I think I saw a comet go by! It’s getting harder and harder to decide which one I like best. I’m dusting of my shelf and getting ready for a delivery . . .

How many colors did you use on this one?

-- "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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