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Project by trifern posted 1921 days ago 1454 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form represents Mother Nature at her best. She measures 6 inches tall and is 5 inches wide. It is turned from spalted maple burl and is finished with my home brew wipe-on poly.

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 1921 days ago

Wow, Joe, you keep coming up with the most amazing grain. Fabulous.

I have two questions. Do you do anything special to protect your lungs when working with spalted wood? I have some spalted maple, (not turning stock), but am a little hesitant to use it. I’ve noticed the last few turnings you’ve used your home brew finish…care to tell us the recipe?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 1921 days ago

Hey Joe
Another winner looks preColombian. Have you ever done a blog on turning small turnings ?


-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1921 days ago

Another beautiful bowl.

One critical comment though. I see a tiny arm hair on the very rim of the bowl on the right side of the picture. i think you need to retake the picture to relieve us all from looking at something so revolting as an arm hair!

Seriously – your work is just amazing. I always look forward to seeing your projects. Keep them coming.

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

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#4 posted 1921 days ago

another great turning.. i could do that, if i had a better hollowing system.. better wood and 20 years to practice..

note to “woodhacker”.. i’ve never heard of any health problems with spalted wood. i’ve turned dozens of pieces as well as flat work..

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

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#5 posted 1921 days ago

Well Johnpoolesc let me tell you a story that happened to me about three years ago, maybe two. I had been turning spalted maple, spalted cherry you name it I was turning spalted everything. I awoke one morning with my eyes glued shut and itching all over the place. Red, swollen eyes, a rash all over my body. I wore a mask and the paper kind of mask under that with my glasses on and long sleeves and gloves. I was a mess. I was lucky to get in to my eye Dr. that day. She was stumped, until she said it looked like some kind of fungus. Bam, it hit me and I told her about the evening before turning spalted maple. She of course had never heard of spalted wood, but she said she would educate herself on it. She gave me a prescription for eyedrops and a couple others for a cream and oral med. within a couple days I was over it. I’ll tell you this, I still turn spalted wood, but I’m dressed in five layers of cloths and a respirator when I do. Yes you can get sick from breathing the stuff. So bewarned and beware. Nice turning Joe, beautiful.

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

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#6 posted 1921 days ago

Breathtakingly beautiful! Nature does some wonderful things, even in deteriorating wood. You’ve managed to reveal this beauty with this piece. The natural color is just as magnificent as your stained pieces.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 1921 days ago

I’m a droolin, beautiful piece Joe, everything about it looks great.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 1921 days ago

that is really hot mate

-- jim nevada

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#9 posted 1921 days ago

Another slice of incredible!

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 1921 days ago


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Francisco Luna

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#12 posted 1921 days ago

You don’t stop !

-- 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 1921 days ago

Great. Nice wood, and a beautiful creation from it.

-- 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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#14 posted 1920 days ago

All Natural and certainly beautiful . It looks like it could be a thousand years old or at least be on a museum shelf somewhere. : )

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

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#15 posted 1920 days ago

what Dusty 56 said!

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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