Drozda Tribute Hollow Vessel

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Project by tpastore posted 05-17-2009 07:11 AM 3862 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I finished a couple of months ago. It is a tribute to the Cindy Drozda series of hollow vessels. I saw her beautiful turnings and wanted to try a challenging project, so I gave it a shot. The wood of the base and finial is African blackwood. The cap is madrone burl and the main body is fiddleback eucalyptus burl. The finish is french polish (Shellac). The turning took two nights….the finish took 10 nights. This piece has a perfect mirror finish on it. Working with the shellac is a challenge. I ended up applying it with an airbrush to keep the orange peeling to a minimum. I then wet sanded with micromesh up to 12000. The next step is to use Meguires swirl remover. There are absolutely no sanding marks left. I have even had to touch up the shellac and it was pretty easy. Now that I know the tricks I think I can do it faster. French polish has a significant learning curve.

BTW the proportions are not ideal. The design was modified after the piece grew wings in the final stages of turning. Still happy with the overall product.

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 05-17-2009 07:30 AM

this is very remarkable piece nicely done

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 07:44 AM

Very well done. It had to be very difficult to turn those tapering ends to nearly a point. The finish is phenomenal as well.

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 07:49 AM

This is a wonderful looking piece. I admire the patience you showed getting that amazing finish.

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 12:11 PM

Fantastic piece. Great wood combination. The finish looks amazing. Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 12:46 PM

A great turning project, weel done. What a brilliant finish, well worth the time and effort.

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 01:24 PM


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#7 posted 05-17-2009 02:17 PM

I love it…the fiddleback eucalyptus burl is beautiful,

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#8 posted 05-17-2009 02:39 PM

Great choice of materials, especially the color combination.

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#9 posted 05-17-2009 02:43 PM

What a beauty!!!!!!! I bet the finish work took as much time as making the piece. Well worth it, excellent job.

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 03:18 PM

What a fantastic piece! The finish really shows. Can’t wait to see more.

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 04:09 PM


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#12 posted 05-17-2009 04:32 PM

Wow this is a real eye catcher I love Everything about it .

you did a Great job !

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#13 posted 05-17-2009 04:42 PM

very nice piece.

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#14 posted 05-17-2009 05:49 PM

I’m sure your heart was in your throat when your piece took flight, but you have come to a beautiful conclusion with this piece. Great work!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 05-17-2009 05:49 PM

WOW, very nice. It’s well balanced & clean with beautiful wood selection.

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