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Project by trifern posted 1998 days ago 1152 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 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

Wow thats really neat lookin! Great job.

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

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#3 posted 1998 days ago

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

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

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#4 posted 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

ooooh one of my favourites

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

Another beauty Joe.

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

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#13 posted 1998 days ago

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 1998 days ago

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

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#15 posted 1998 days ago

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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