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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-27-2015 06:04 AM 1111 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or, as I think of it, “Stem? I Dont Need No Stinkin’ Stem”.
In my head (trust me – you needn’t look in there), there was a nice little Wine Goblet, mebees a Woblet. Jacaranda it is. Oh so carefully did I shape the upper half of the outside of the bowl. Carefuller still did I bore the inside, using three bits in succession – 1-3/8” to a depth of 2”; 1” to about 1/2” beyond that; and, finally, my 9/16” concrete drill to turn that spur pokum into a nice conical depression. I then used my neat little home-made hollowing tool, and others to complete the inside turning, went back outside, and completed turning the lower half of the bowl. (I’m nobody’s fool. I’m gonna make sure I have no reason, this time, to go back to the bowl after turning the stem.) Well, sir, the bowl portion of the program being finished and, also, finished, I now turn my attention to the stem.
Ever mindful of the depth and diameter of the opening within, I begin working my way down the neck of the stem. There’s a clear picture in my head. Alas, I was unmindful of all that material I had removed from the inside whilst making the wall very thin – 1/16” at the rim; 1/8” at the bottom of the bowl. I don’t have to say out loud what happened. You know what happened. It was a very clean cutoff. Not to be dissuaded, much less unhinged, I begin thinking about how to fix this catastrophe.

“I don’t need no stinkin’ stem”, says the bowl, as I pick it up off the floor.

So, you don’t, says I.

I turn that part which was to be stem into a double spool, of sorts, with a ridge running around the middle. I cut it off. I removed the chuck, with the base still in it (not done with that). I mount the stem/spool thingy between centers, and just start monkeying around with it. Including, but not limited to: Shaping one side such that it will have something like feet to stand on; Creating a recess for the pin jaws, so I can turn the other side. Chuck mounted on the pin jaws now, I hasten to make a fitting concavity, without destroying the outer shape, for the bowl to be glued into. That done, I think I want to do something different in the finishing portion of the program. I grab my propane torch and begin scorching. Then, sanding. Then, BLO’ing. Then, Shellacking. What you can’t see in the photos is that the figure (very subtle) can indeed be seen through the (what I like to call) Black Chrome. I’ll do less scorching and/or more sanding next time, to make sure you can see it.
There’s that 1/4” of proud wood at the base of the bowl that was to be turned off in the process of turning the neck of the stem. It’s rough, and, it’s bare naked. I sand it smooth and go to it with the Acrylic paint. I now have a Goblet bowl with thin walls and no bottom. You can see right through it. That’s different. At least, nobody’s gonna take this for a goblet one can actually use for drinking. On to the base.
What to do? What to do?

Make it round and scorch it. Make it so the sideways stem/spool thingy can nestle down onto it. Keep the bark.

Olay. I will.

And, I did. The voice in my head should be very happy with me.
I took no pictures while I was making this Thing. The little Jacaranda log started out as a basis for a lid for the bowl I turned last week. In making it round, it became too small to be said lid. So I just saw this as an excuse to spin off a goblet in short order.

-- Mark





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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 06:43 AM

You can call it a stem less goblet or an egg cup. Good to see you have fun creating.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 06:46 AM

Dad thought it was an egg cup.

-- Mark

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majuvla

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 07:00 AM

Yes it’s realy something different from your recent ’’live’’ projects. But, I don’t mind this one also, nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 07:50 AM

Thanks, Ivan. (Do you pronounce it “Eyeven”, or “Eevon”? I just want to know how it’s supposed to sound in my head.)

-- Mark

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BobWemm

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 08:33 AM

Neat save Mark,
Nothing is “finished” until it’s finished, hey.
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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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 10:37 AM

I’m loving this!! (is this proper English?)
As god is my wittness, I have never given up on a piece I screwed up. Or rather, pieces which strayed from the original plan. Yes, I swear and curse if I spend hours on a piece and then muck it up, but I have long put it my mind that “a door closes and two windows open”. An opportunity to try something completely different resides in and arised by every cockup….
Evidently, you went passed yourself, made something entirely different, and brought it to an admirable degree of art.
Good show!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 10:46 AM

Very creative!! In woodworking, you have to learn to recover from a setback and you did very well!!

-- 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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#8 posted 10-27-2015 11:11 AM

Thank you. And, also, thank you.
Yuval, “artistic expressions of the naturally occurring imperfections of the mundane reality”?
Jim, no setback. Just going with the flow. thanks

-- Mark

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Yuval Eitan

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#9 posted 10-27-2015 11:52 AM

Artistic expressions of the naturally occurring imperfections of the mundane reality.
That’s one to keep. And follow.

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

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lew

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#10 posted 10-27-2015 12:35 PM

Yup, when live hands you a lemon- make a fruit cup!

Nice save.

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

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 10-27-2015 12:50 PM

It’s always nice to smooth out one of the bumps in the road. It’s creative and nicely done.

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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doubleDD

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#12 posted 10-27-2015 01:07 PM

The way to recovery is sometimes more challenging than the original journey.

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

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RootandBranch

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#13 posted 10-27-2015 02:02 PM

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 10-27-2015 08:56 PM


Artistic expressions of the naturally occurring imperfections of the mundane reality.
That s one to keep. And follow.

- Yuval Eitan

Is a tag line I lifted from someone else.


Yup, when live hands you a lemon- make a fruit cup!

Nice save.

- lew

When Life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life’ll be all Whaaat?

Are you kidding me? said I, just now, out loud, upon seeing the DT3 on THIS.
Thanks for the good words, Beloved Buddies.

-- Mark

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leafherder

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#15 posted 10-27-2015 10:23 PM

Well, looks like you started listening to the wood and now you can’t get the gentle voice to shut up. Keep listening, it is obviously leading you in the right direction toward greater artistic heights. Bravo on another beautiful project! You are taking the mundane imperfections and making them sublimely perfect. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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