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Project by Mark Edmondson posted 08-04-2015 02:11 AM 788 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this as part of a woodturning challenge on reddit.
Essentially, it’s a bowl form, but rather than put the blank on the flat side to make a round bowl, I mounted the blank on the edge and turned the bowl that way. I cut the lid off the completed model with a hacksaw and hollowed it out as a separate piece. The little dingleberries on the top and bottom are turned at the same time.

I really like how it turned out, but it was scary to make. To prevent snags, I turned the lathe speed up to OMG, which make the “wings” of this vase all but become invisible. I still have all of the fingers I started with, though, so I guess it all worked out.

Googie, by the way, is the retro-futurism of the 1950s. It’s the style in which most bowling alleys are designed. It’s also a design that’s quite at home in The Jetson’s and Futurama.





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#1 posted 08-04-2015 06:32 AM

just beautiful

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 12:01 PM

Very cool looking thing! And I appreciate the factoid.

-- -Kyle

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 04:12 PM

What a Cool Vase! And I just finished reading a report about Googie Architecture in Southwest Ohio (part of some research for a speech I have to give at the local historical society in October) No Googie bowling alleys around here but lots of Googie gas stations and drive-in restaurants and one city hall that is a cross between Googie and Brutalism. (We also had a record store named Dingleberries back in the 70’s – although it was standard strip mall style.)
Googie Rules! Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 09:07 PM

This is all very interesting. The vase is quite striking and from your description made a little differently than most. I have admit that prior to reading this I had never heard of either the Googie or Brutalism styles. As I read about Googie and looked at some pictures I kept coming back to images in my head of Tomorrowland.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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