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Mulberry Thing "The Unfinished"

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-05-2015 10:32 PM 883 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what came of the rest of the piece of Mulberry from which I turned the Mulberry Candle Holder – Flame Included. It spent a couple hours on the lathe before it (or I) had a clue as to what it would be.

I had a vague notion of a vase. And, mebees, it looks like one.

You know that thing that happens when you’re holding a flat tool (a scraper) up on edge for a shearing cut, and you get a catch? This happens -

Lesson learned: If you’re holding the tool thusly, keep your thumb/finger/knuckle/side of hand behind the tool rest, so that it’s not where it can cushion the tool’s fall. I’ve gotten blood blisters in all those places. (Mebees, it’s fool me seven times – shame on you?) Back to the piece.
Enjoy. I know I did.

It’s the first piece I deliberately set out (after the aforementioned period of cluelessness) to make an “Unfinished”, inspired , in no small part, by some amazing Unfinished work by others. It’s about the wood. Which is remarkable stuff, this Mulberry. It has a silkiness in areas that not photographable, because it’s a shimmering effect. Trust me. It’s there. If I turned it about in a video, you’d see it. It’s different than chatoyance, and more subtle. Who are you explaining this to? They know what you’re talking about.

-- Mark





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 10:40 PM

quote:
” It spent a couple hours on the lathe before it (or I) had a clue as to what it would be.”
end quote

I’ve tried to explain this very concept to my wife and daughters several times. They just dont understand when I say “Sometimes I just start cutting and soon the piece will tell me what it wants to be.”

More than once I’ve started turning with something in mind, only to have a completely different finished piece than what I envisioned at the end.

Beautiful piece Mark !

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 11:34 PM

Ouch! So would there have been a better tool to use—or was the problem strictly in the grip?

Beautiful, btw. (The piece, not the thumb.)

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 11:52 PM

I saw one of those on my brothers thumb. It turned out beautiful.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 11:55 PM

Mark,

Now that’s putting Blood (blisters) sweat, and maybe a couple tears into your work. Turned out pretty nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 01:05 AM

Been there done that Mark:). doesn’t meant to say that’ll be the last time you do it ;)
looks like your just havin fun
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 06:41 AM

Joe, they of the uninitiated classes don’t get it, and they never will. We waste out breath if we even try. The same goes for the heathens who say, “What’s it for?”
Brent, a tool with a chip in its edge; really hard wood that was wobbling on the faceplate; and a grip that could have been thunk out. This evening, same tool, making light finishing cuts, at a more acute angle, leaned the other way – not a problem.
The blister’s all better now. Nary a mark because I poked it woth a dental pick and bandaged it. I got one on the side of my left index finger about a month ago, didn’t think to do that, and it’s still bugging me.
Pete, fool me seven hundred times, shame on you. Seven hundred one, shame on me.
Thank you all. I knew I’d get understanding from LJs.
1) No one asked (yet) what it is, and
2) No one (yet) has made fun of me.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 08:44 AM

Nice looking unfinished work Mark, you have brought the base up nicely. Unfinished work is a must, I have a cupboard full or it and even some of my finished work is considered unfinished by the know-it-alls at the local club.
Blood blisters are part of the trade.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 08:45 AM

Nice looking unfinished work Mark, you have brought the base up nicely. Unfinished work is a must, I have a cupboard full or it and even some of my finished work is considered unfinished by the know-it-alls at the local club.
Blood blisters are part of the trade.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 01:17 PM

Mark, I like this piece very much.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 07:36 PM

I’m glad you’re pleased.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 08-06-2015 10:49 PM

Beautiful! All great artists left work unfinished for various reasons – OK most of them died before they could finish things, but a few stopped in the middle for other reasons. :)
If anyone asks “What’s it for?” tell them it’s a pedestal for holding a sacred object of their choosing (that way you know your work will always be worshipped).
That silky/satiny luster is what hooked me on working with Mulberry so I know EXACTLY what you mean and I find it very frustrating that I cannot capture the effect on camera, but seeing it always reminds me that silk comes from catterpillers that only eat Mulberry leaves.

Thanks for posting.

John

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 08-06-2015 10:53 PM

Thanks, John. Sorry I called you Jeff. So many new Buddies. And, most of the time, I have to pull up something in someone’s Gallery and read the comments to remember, or find out, a name. (I very much prefer names to made-up names.)

-- Mark

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#13 posted 08-06-2015 10:55 PM

People on the radio always say that no one knows why Franz Schubert left his most famous symphony unfinished. I know why: He just didn’t like it.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 08-06-2015 10:58 PM

Just tell interested buyers that it was Emperor Nero’s egg cup !

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#15 posted 08-07-2015 03:09 AM

You sure brought the beauty of that mulberry out in that piece!! Nice going. Mark. And I do believe the wood tells you what it want to be if only subconsciously!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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