The Little Vessel That Never Did

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Project by mot posted 06-22-2007 04:41 AM 2388 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some maple burl that I’ve stored under my lathe for about 2 years. I just wasn’t really happy with my old lathe and decided to not turn anything until I got my new Nova. Well, I chucked up this little burl in an attempt to do some sort of hollow form. In the depths of my lack of inspiration, I had real trouble making anything that was pleasing to the eye.

The first outside shape of this little guy met with a reply from my wife that sent it right back down to the lathe. The comment was, “That’s kind of cool. Maybe you can put it out on the porch and a family of bees can live in it.”

Well, with some more turning and sort of wishing that I had chucked it differently, I came up with this. “The Little Vessel That Never Did.”

This little piece is sanded to 400 grit, then finished with a couple of coats of Watco Danish Oil and buffed with the Oneway Buffing System.

Thanks for looking and my apologies in advance for taking away 45 seconds of your life that you’ll never get back!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 06-22-2007 04:48 AM

Hey! Give me my 45 seconds back!. JK…everyone needs one of these…..............things.

Hehe…actually I do like it Tom. It would make a very nice pencil holder….and I take my pencil holders very seriously…(I’m not kidding). I’ve made my living with pencils.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 06-22-2007 05:42 AM

Very nice,
With figured wood like that, plain, & simple looks the best.

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

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#3 posted 06-22-2007 05:54 AM

Bees are becoming a precious commodity from what I hear. A more noble home doesn’t come to mind. nice burl.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 06-22-2007 06:29 AM

I like it. And I bet you learned some things along the way.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-22-2007 08:40 AM

Well, Wayne…I got to try out my buffing system that I bought three years ago! I got to tryout the straight cutter on my Proforme. I hadn’t done any hollowing on the DVR so that was a treat. I learned that I have no vision for what is inside the wood. LOL

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-22-2007 10:48 AM

have you made it through your slump, yet??
interesting title for this artistic piece.

I like how you kept everything very rounded – I think it makes it quite unique and definitely keeps your eye looking around it at all of the beautiful lines.

now what the heck is this apologies stuff?? Man you have it bad !!!!

Thank you for sharing. Thank you for this 45 seconds of beauty.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 06-22-2007 12:00 PM

Hi Mot;
—-and rising from the sluck-o’re-mire, the little burl said; “hey-hey-hey!....I am the burl of what I did, never say never, since that which is past is more then 45 seconds and now I’m happy for gracing your eye with my beauty that remains for ever all to see….” And after having past that thought in mind on to the hands of the turner, the golden figured beauty-of-a-burl sat down and watched those hands give thanks, that once again my hands and mind are back in sync….

Great piece of figured wood you have there Mot, I’ve just spent some time here staring into that heart of this maple one and from where I’m sitting….I see depth of character….’wood art’!

Thanks for sharing what you feel as a lack of that only happens before we take our next step full of….at-i-on.


-- --frank, NH,

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#8 posted 06-22-2007 12:13 PM

what he said.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 06-22-2007 01:07 PM

That’s a storage system for coils of stamps! (If they even MAKE coils of stamps anymore – been so long since I mailed anything)

I like it!

-- surplusdealdude

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#10 posted 06-22-2007 02:55 PM

I bet it would make a great candle holder. Add a little greanery around the bottom and it would make a nice candle holding center piece. The burl is awesome looking, you just need to enhance it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 06-22-2007 03:26 PM

Hard to judge the exact size… How about stick a stem on it and make it a pipe?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 06-22-2007 03:35 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. frank, as always, you embarrass me with your insight. Debbie, what he said as well.

Charlie, it’s about 4” high. Not a bad pipe for Shrek.

As an update, my 2 year old immediately grabbed it and it became a home for his Mr. Chin character.

I’ve spent some more time looking at the figure in the wood, and at the shape, and I’m more pleased with it now. The camera brought out some beauty in the wood that I didn’t see because I was obsessing about the shape. I’ve picked it up and find that the way the inclusions sit with the figure in the wood is quite pleasing. Plus it’s the perfect size to pick up and examine it some more. So I take back my 45 second comment and thank you all for taking the time to look at this piece!

Cheers and have a great day!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 06-22-2007 04:17 PM

I like that maple burl and you cant go wrong with wood like that. I have some maple that I just look at and enjoy without ever doing anything execpt holding and looking. Nice turning.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#14 posted 06-22-2007 04:36 PM

Great job Tom. Looks like the family has accepted it into the home.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 06-22-2007 04:37 PM

Ron’s Right! Most of what I turn is’nt to use for anything. It just sits there and shows people it’s beauty. I have to laugh when people ask me whats it for, or what does it do, or what do you do with it. I just tell them nothing, its wood art. you just look at it. They get a dumb expression on their face and say “OH”. Mot thats a beautiful maple burl bowl. jockmike

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

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