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Project by trifern posted 04-24-2009 10:18 PM 1914 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vessel is turned from maple burl. It measures 5.5 inches tall by 4.75 inches wide. It is finished with aniline dyes and my own version of wipe-on poly. This is the first time using this wipe-on mix. I am quite pleased with it.

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 04-24-2009 10:49 PM

Incredible color and depth in the wood grain. Excellent piece of work!

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#2 posted 04-24-2009 10:51 PM

Your getting to good at this Joe, if you don’t stop, I’m going to have to get a lathe. Great piece. Can you make any bigger? They are always so small, though they look big by your pictures.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 04-24-2009 11:15 PM

Well I’ll have to say this is my favorite one of all the ones you made. I like all of your work so far but this is the cream of the crop. Well done.

-- Vince

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-24-2009 11:24 PM

The colors and grain are beautiful. It is very nice. Now maybe it is time for you to break out of your comfort zone. Maybe a large two material piece or work a bit more with form. Your vessel would look good with a black base or put handles on it. Or work some contrasting copper work into it.

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Peik Löf

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#5 posted 04-24-2009 11:29 PM

all your turned pieces look amazing, they look a lot bigger then they are :D
i would think this one would be at least 10 inches tall from the pictures :P

-- My signature is awesome.

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#6 posted 04-24-2009 11:43 PM

My favorite colored piece so far!

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#7 posted 04-25-2009 12:29 AM

Yeah, this one is stunning!

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#8 posted 04-25-2009 01:10 AM

Nothin’ production about Aqua and this piece certainly screams “Joe, Joe, Joe…” Cool, clear, vibrant, living, movement…the list could be quite extensive.

While I love these pieces (you bring out the best in the wood each and every time you turn a hollow form), I too am anxious to see what is cooking in that ever so creative mind of yours. Next step…?

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

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#9 posted 04-25-2009 01:21 AM

If I could turn out such beautiful objects I’d never be able to publish them anywhere…I’d be too busy filling my wallet with cash…here’s hoping you’re having such a successful career….tres bon.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#10 posted 04-25-2009 01:31 AM

I like that you are playing with proportion. I forget who once told me this, but i think it originated with Cindy Drozda- “never make two elements the same size in a finial”. I have expanded that though in my work to include the foot and the opening of forms, since it makes them compete for attention. It looks like the foot is a little bit smaller than the mouth, so you are ok with this one.

You should start working through a smaller hole. By now, you’ve likely mastered the skills to do it, so it will give you a level of confidence if you start working down 1/4” at a time or so… it’s a lot of fun turning mini forms to an 1/8” thickness through a 1/4” hole…

Keep it up…

-- Steven

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#11 posted 04-25-2009 01:35 AM

Very beautiful piece. It looks like a iridescent glass vase. Great work.

What is the mixture for your wipe on poly if I may ask?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Francisco Luna

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#12 posted 04-25-2009 02:48 AM

You are who knows how to get the beauty hidden in the wood!

-- 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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#13 posted 04-25-2009 02:49 AM

Great color in this piece. Do you have the ability to turn large forms? I also like the form in this piece.

-- Dale

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#14 posted 04-25-2009 03:56 AM

Dude I would chop off my pinky toe to be able to get a finish like that. It immediately made me think of the MTD 535, which is one of the finest handmade “boutique” bass guitars made today (one of my other expensive hobbies. They list for $5-6K depending on options.

Does that finish look familiar? I think yours is even better. You’ve got skills, man.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#15 posted 04-25-2009 04:13 AM

That just flat ROCKS!! I think I could dive head first into it.

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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