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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-20-2015 12:07 AM 679 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tricorn. Ficus. Still Pretty. Bottom unfinished. 2-1/2” x 3-3/4”.

-- Mark





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-20-2015 12:18 AM

Nice artistic piece, Mark!!

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

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 09-20-2015 12:38 AM

Thank you, Jim.

-- Mark

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lew

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#3 posted 09-20-2015 01:11 AM

Love the natural “defects”. I haven’t gotten up enough nerve to try one of these.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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BobWemm

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#4 posted 09-20-2015 01:50 AM

Yes, those missing pieces make it real interesting while turning.
End result is pleasing.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 09-20-2015 06:32 AM

Getting a bit adventurous Mark, like it with the missing bits making a feature. Well done.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 09-20-2015 07:06 AM

I don’t know what “missing bits” you Bobs are talking about. This started as a sort of triangular, round-on-one-side, conical kinda chunk, and I mounted it between corners. and left what I could of the curved, bark side intact. Those dark spots are actually the Cambium layer.
You know how you take a several-inch-thick slab that’s somewhat round and you quarter it, getting four (if you do it right) bowl blanks that look, in profile, like a rocking triangle? Then, you cut the top corner off and mount it with a screw drive stuck in the convex face, which becomes the open side of the bowl? That’s what I started with. Except that I whittled a flat spot on opposing corners and mounted it between centers long enough to get a spigot on the bottom for my pin jaws. Frankly, I was doing some “angry turning”. That’s where I just need to put steel to wood and feel it changing shape under my hands. I had no plans for this. I flew off the chuck four times, and I didn’t care. Of course, at some point – as so often happens – an exercise in frustration became an all-important museum piece. Thank you. I’m glad you like it.

-- Mark

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 09-20-2015 05:57 PM

I was gonna ask if you cut the triangular wings AFTER you turned it, but I see you covered that.
Nice piece Mark !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 09-20-2015 08:40 PM

Really cool looking piece. I so much want to try this some day.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 09-21-2015 06:24 AM

Dave, the “experts” would have you start with a perfectly square cube, mounted perfectly between centers. Which is the protocol I tried the first couple times I did this. I think I proved with this piece that, as long as you can make something of some shape spin between centers on opposing points, something can be gotten from it. In short, it’s not as scary as it may seem. Nor as difficult. Just keep the tools sharp and the touch light. And get used to riding the bevel.

-- Mark

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 09-21-2015 01:35 PM

Thanks for the tip Mark. I heard the ride the bevel a few times. I don’t fear a piece hitting me in the head as much as getting my finger whacked by it. lol

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

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 09-21-2015 09:03 PM

It only hurts for a moment, when you’re focused. You just gotta remember Rule 1.

Rule #1: Don’t get blood on the wood.

-- Mark

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 09-21-2015 09:07 PM

Rule #2 : If you do get it on the wood, smear it around and get that flame box elder look.
Thanks again, I’m going to try this soon.

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

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CFrye

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#13 posted 09-22-2015 03:12 AM

Beautifully asymmetrical, Mark.

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 09-22-2015 05:06 AM

Thank you, Candy. That means a lot to me.

-- Mark

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