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Project by trifern posted 04-22-2009 12:11 AM 1492 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vase is turned from end grain walnut that was harvested three days ago. Who says you need fancy and complicated techniques for drying green wood? It measures 5 inches wide by 8 inches tall, and is finished with wipe-on poly.

My local AAW club held a stabbing and slabbing get together last Saturday. We all got together and cut turning blanks from walnut and honey locust trees. You can view the photos posted by fellow lumberjock Terry here.

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 04-22-2009 12:32 AM


-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 12:33 AM

great shape.. i saw the post of the raw material.. hard to believe you got it stable that quick. how tall is it?

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 12:33 AM


-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#4 posted 04-22-2009 12:49 AM

How do you stabilize/dry it so fast?

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 04-22-2009 12:54 AM

Great one Joe.

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

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 12:57 AM

that’s beautiful trifern. great shape, love the grain… curious about your vessel names though… where do you come up with these? (Not a negative comment, curiosity about the origins of your interesting names)

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 01:14 AM

Joe, I really like the way the grain lines pop. Nice work.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 01:22 AM

Just went to see the saw dust party Terry posted. Looks like you will be turning a lot of these out, eh? Nice work. No dye this time?

-- 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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#9 posted 04-22-2009 02:05 AM

This one is following a tough act to follow. Still in shock from the last one. WOW, this is beautiful though for sure.

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

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 02:14 AM

Another beauty Joe, I always love walnut, and it’s a great looking piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 02:45 AM

My compliments! The piece has a nice presence to it. About 2/3rds of the way up the grain is shimmery. Very worthwhile!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 03:20 AM

Sweet. Joe, this one reminds me of “Would”. Beautiful job.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 04-22-2009 03:31 AM

Could the grain be any more perfect in a turning ? I think not …Beautiful piece of Walnut and the shape is excellent , Joe : ) Did you microwave it to dry it ?

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

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#14 posted 04-22-2009 04:58 AM

This one is a wonderful homage to the time spent with your friends and fellow wood lovers. You are teaching me to appreciate walnut each time you turn one of these and allow it to show off the beauty of the natural grain.

-- "I am not young enough to know everything." JM Barrie

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#15 posted 04-22-2009 05:09 AM

Interpim, I simply turned it fast, thin and consistent. Nothing else was done to it. It may move a little in the next couple of weeks, but not much.

Darryl, the names come from various sources. Usually the name comes to me while I’m forming it. This piece was named after the community that the tree grew for close to a century.

TopamaxSurvivor, dye walnut??.....stay tuned. There is a piece in my studio that needs a couple of more coats of poly. It is indeed dyed walnut.

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

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