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Project by trifern posted 1923 days ago 1207 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a continuation of my series based on the Hubble. I have the pleasure of meeting and having lunch with Bob O’Dell tomorrow. Bob was a project scientist for NASA that eventually became the Hubble Space Telescope. Bob come up with the telescopes early design, sold the concept to congress and the astronomical community.

I set up a table this afternoon featuring many of my pieces along with photos of the Orion Nebulae. There is also a plaque with photos of Bob and myself with brief biographies, and a description of how our bodies of work relate. It will be a great honor to meet and converse with Bob.

This hollow form vessel is turned from fiddle back maple. It measures 8.75 inches tall and is 4.75 inches wide. It 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 1923 days ago

Hope you have alot of fun and enjoy your time with some one who inspired your current wok

-- Dale

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#2 posted 1923 days ago


Another incredible combination of dyes and grain! Joe, you’re a machine.

(Very cool about your meeting with Bob O’Dell, I’d like to hear it goes tomorrow.)

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 1923 days ago

great work

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1923 days ago

Great looking piece Joe, and an interesting addition with the story of Bob. Great to see your new picture too.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 1923 days ago

Damn dude, you are living my dream of meeting great scientists. I wish Carl Sagan was still alive. I do have a signed, first addition of Michael Schermer’s book “Science Friction”, but that is as close to meeting one of my mentors as I can get. Please let me know how it goes!

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#6 posted 1923 days ago

The subtle colors in with the black is very striking. I just love that shape too. Wish I could.

-- Berta in NC

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#7 posted 1922 days ago

Your work is awsome. Turning is the next form of wood working I am going to tackle. What kind of lathe do you use?

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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#8 posted 1922 days ago

Absolutely stunning! The deep, varied colors are mezmerizing and accented by the sensuous shape with refined porportions you have created.

-- "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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#9 posted 1922 days ago

This piece speaks to some of the nebula to me…the Veil Nebula in particular. Deep darkness with stunning color and pattern. Beautiful.

Best of luck today Joe.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 1922 days ago

What can I say?

They keep getting better!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 1921 days ago

Thanks for all the feedback.

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

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