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Project by trifern posted 02-28-2009 06:37 PM 1521 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the next hollow form in a series that are inspired from photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope. This piece represents the edge of a galaxy. It is turned from end grain maple. It measures 8.25 inches by 5 inches, is finished with aniline dyes 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 02-28-2009 06:51 PM

Aptly named and another gorgeous piece, Joe!


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

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 06:52 PM

Wow thats really neat lookin! Great job.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 07:23 PM

Oooh, I really like this one! Great job, Joe.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 07:31 PM

Ooooh baby, they just never get old. Another eye popper. Well done, the live part is just perfect. Really does make you think of the universe. Fantastic!

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

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 07:41 PM

INCREDIBLE !!! I would love to see this piece out in the daylight …..another fantastic turning , Joe , and the colors are awesome….there is just so much figure in that piece and the inclusion adds even more depth to the fantasy .

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2009 08:31 PM

Very, very nice. As both an amateur astronomer and wood turner, this one hits on all cylinders for me. Your selection of purple/black was right on the money. Did you use a semi-gloss lacquer? Hard to tell in the photos.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 08:57 PM

Critique? I don’t think so!. Love astronomy, this actually reminds me of the Sombrero galaxy, love woodworking, it is neat to see someone combine the two.

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 09:14 PM

Splendid looking! However, i think you should have given its dimensions in light years.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 02-28-2009 11:30 PM

Whoa…this and Nebula…you should sell them as a set. Absolutely beautiful, and the colors….wow!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 03-01-2009 01:20 AM

ooooh one of my favourites

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#11 posted 03-01-2009 02:24 AM

WOW, WOW, WOW…................ Joe these are incredible. I want to learn your technique for finishing these turnings. They are always incredible.

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

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#12 posted 03-01-2009 02:45 AM

Another beauty Joe.

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

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#13 posted 03-01-2009 05:14 AM

great piece…as a former finisher love the work with the dye and lacquer….great look…what dye did you use?

-- marshall, murphy, north carolina

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 05:29 AM

Magnificent—- gorgeous even. I think you are very talented.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#15 posted 03-01-2009 02:00 PM

Beautiful set of pictures Joe. That fissure really adds a lot to the overall piece and you used it well.

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

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