Amboyna "Torch"

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Project by tpastore posted 06-11-2009 08:42 PM 1958 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little vase is a piece that my wife requested. She had seen a similar shaped piece and went to the local Rockler to find a burl cap to give me for x-mas. Unfortunately the piece of red morrell she purchased was more suited to a bowl (wide and flat) than a vase. So I went and got a beautiful piece of amboyna from the Cambridge Rockler. The piece was the brightest piece of Amboyna I have ever seen. This turning was very challenging because of the live edge flapping around and the huge variations in hardness between the yellow sapwood and the burl. When I was done, I realized that it looked like the torch of the statue of liberty and that is definately looked like it was on fire, hence the name.

The finish is Bartlett gel varnish.

The piece is 7” tall and 3.5” in diameter.

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 06-11-2009 08:53 PM

A beautiful piece Tim, and it does indeed look like it’s on fire.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 09:15 PM

beautiful piece indeed!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 10:09 PM

What a beauty, nicely done.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 06-11-2009 10:19 PM

A very fitting name for a beautiful vase! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 06-11-2009 10:26 PM

Absolutely beautiful Tim. Great job on the shape.

I bet this amboyna wasn’t cheap.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 06-11-2009 10:53 PM

A great piece Tim. It looks like it has a light in it. Very well done.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 06-11-2009 10:54 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#8 posted 06-12-2009 01:24 AM

Nice turned air there on the neck. It’s a beauty Tim.

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

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#9 posted 06-12-2009 03:21 AM

Very nice, way to work with the grain patterns!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#10 posted 06-12-2009 03:29 AM

Beautiful wood and nice use of the piece.

-- Dale

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#11 posted 06-12-2009 06:17 PM

A very unique vase created out of beautiful wood. The name also is very appropriate.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 06-12-2009 06:20 PM

that had to be hard to turn.. live edges tend to love knuckles… but it turned out great.. as i tell friends, the good Lord does the hard work, turners just keep wood out of the fireplace

-- it's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime i want

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 03:33 AM

Wow…. Your wife must really love it… Beautiful….


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#14 posted 02-17-2010 07:17 AM

I love this…........very nice piece.


-- Robin Renee'

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