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Irish goblet with two captive rings - wedding day gift

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Project by Yuval Eitan posted 10-04-2015 09:39 AM 1145 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Irish goblet with two captive rings – wedding day gift

Turned from Pistacia palestina (often referred to as “terebinth”). The meaning in Hebrew is Israeli Goddess.
I made it for a guy who was getting married, and wished to present it as a token of his love to his beloved at their wedding ceremony.
I had never met the lad, but we’re both members of a local woodworking FB group. He sort of mentioned it by the way, and I sort of took it up forward… I met him for a few minutes when he passed by to collect it.
I have been told that this not a trivial act, not obvious or expected.
Maybe so, but the joy, pride, and happyness of having someone present a piece I made to his bride – that is priceless and charished forever.

It started off like this:


Than, on the lathe, the beautiful figuration of this wood revealed:

Some help in hollowing, from an improvised steady rest…

And from an improvised “ring tool” (ground Allen wrench)

Hope you enjoy watching as much as I have making!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it





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#1 posted 10-04-2015 04:43 PM

Best one have ever seen turned, love that wood!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-04-2015 08:26 PM

Hi there Yuval
that”s a great looking goblet…again… The photos of your process were really interesting. I really like your homemade steady and ring tool. Do you have a video showing how you make your captured rings? I’d love to know how you do that.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#3 posted 10-04-2015 11:46 PM

Yuval,

Another good looking project! I like the grain of that wood but I’m not sure I can find anything like that here. Are those worm holes in the log?
I’m with Linda on the video (or maybe a blog entry) on the captured rings!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Yuval Eitan

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 07:16 AM



Best one have ever seen turned, love that wood!

Wow, Bill. I really love this goblet too, but being the best anyone has seen – what a complement!
I guess it’s 80/20 thing, the wood being 80, the design, technical accomplishment, finish etc being the 20. Honestly, would you have noticed it or given it a second look, had it been made in pine, or beech? (Hope I got past those tenses & conditional right…)

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#5 posted 10-05-2015 07:40 AM

Linda and Mike
Thanks so much!

This wood is wonderful indeed. I had seen its marvel only when I made a cup for my father’s 80th birthday, back in April. The branches have been laying in my shop for two years, drying….

The steady rest, while a great help, is very flimsey… made quickly for another project, the ocolon wheels are too small and too stiff, and the whole build is more “rest” but a lot less “steady”. That said, it did enable me to do this job, barely. I will eventually get hold of old rolerblades, and make a more robust rest.
As to the rings, and a video. Worthy chalange… I “film” with my cellphone in one hand, as I did for the plywood bowl. I will come up with a contraption to hold the phone and keep my hand free to work. Once I get round to it – I will notify you two.

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 10-06-2015 08:04 AM

Oh, Mike, about your Q, these holes are maggot holes (too often miss-referred to as worm holes).
They only occupied the sap, which is softer, pehaps tastier for them…
I haven’t found any viable ones in this branch.
Cheerio!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 10:16 PM

Thanks Yuval! I’ve been researching Pistacia palestina and have learned quite a bit – like I now know that I won’t be finding any of it over here any time soon!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#8 posted 10-11-2015 06:02 AM

Indeed, Mike, this is a local wood, found only arround the mediterranian sea, and specifically here in Israel, as its name suggests. As a wild tree, finding big enough branches to turn or carve is a rare occation, one to celebrate… And no one cares to cultivate it, so I guess export is not an option…
We do not have most of the Europian, Australian, African or American trees that are so abandantly available for our friends around the world. Some of these can be purchased, but I rarely do that. And never for turning.
Best,
Yuval

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 01:05 AM

You’re no slouch on the lathe, Doctor. A couple of the greatest Woodsmiths I’ve found are, also, Doctors. One, a carver; the other, a turner. I think that there be some special knowledge of form that’s inter-woven (Anatomy, and inter-connection of systems) with medical study and gets into the blood. Fabulous work.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 10-19-2015 08:33 AM



You’re no slouch on the lathe….

Had to look that up…. ;-D
Mark, you made me blush! Thank you very much for you’re words! (But here, if you please, I’m no doctor…)
I suppose I do relate to wood working and woodturning as I do science – I’m on a neverending quest for more – more knoladge, exposure, sharing of expertise, learning and exercising, experiencing.
THANKS!!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#11 posted 05-17-2016 06:38 AM

I just came across this piece again, Yuval. It still takes my breath away.

-- Mark

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