Fractured Vase

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Project by bigwoodturner posted 1843 days ago 902 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the vase version of the platter series I do. This piece is 7 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter. I have used macasur ebony as the vase top. The vase is made from a manzanita root ball. Manzanita root is challanging to turn as you always find rocks in it.

-- Dale

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#1 posted 1843 days ago

I have to say you make some of the Coolest turnings I’ve ever seen!!!

You should be able make some Big bucks selling your art/turnings.

I’m new at turning and have some questions I’d like to ask you in the near future- would that be ok ???

Job well Done !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 1843 days ago

Ask whatever you want. Sharing the knowledge we each have is the only way we keep our art alive, our schools do teach it anymore so we have to. By the way I was born and raised in Marysville, California that table top came from the orchards there and the manzanita came from Grassvalley.

-- Dale

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#3 posted 1843 days ago

another really nice piece … very exotic and natural, but surprisingly well balanced shapes

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

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#4 posted 1843 days ago

Far out!! Great piece! You have super ideas.

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

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#5 posted 1843 days ago

Rj is a good friend of mine, and lathe turner also, and when he comments on how nice a piece you’ve turned on the lathe, you know you do some cool stuff. I agree with him, awesome work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 1843 days ago

Some nice turnings you make. This one is really outstanding.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 1842 days ago

This is great. Did you glue the ring in after you turned the vase? If not how did you do it?

-- I like to turn

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#8 posted 1841 days ago

The mortice is turned into the turning then the tennon is created for the insert. The tennon on the insert is glued in place and the ring is finish turned. A jamb chuck is turned and the insert is placed over it or Jammed On. Then the bottom of the vase is turned. If it were done the other way you would not get a clean insert ring or be able to fininsh turn the bottom. Its all about the process.

-- Dale

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#9 posted 1841 days ago

No doubt this is one of the most unique turningsI ‘ve seen in a long time. I read the description of the proceedure 3 times but still can’t figure out how this was done

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 1840 days ago

I am going to have to think about this for while before I try it, but I will. Then after I blow it up I will let you guys know.

-- I like to turn

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