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A Maple Bowl Vase Turned from a Backyard Tree I Planted

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 1826 days ago 1348 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another turning I found at our cabin.

I planted this Silver Maple from a seed in 1958, & had to have it removed from our yard,

or possibly lose our house if it fell down. It had a rotten area in one of the crotches.

I’ve made a lot of things from it’s wood, & I still have some of it left.

This is about 9” round, & finished with hard Libron wax.

I polish it to 400 grit when I wax things.

When I start turning on a piece of wood, I never have a pattern.

After it’s roughly rounded, the piece just turns into something.

I haven’t the slightest idea of what’s going to turn out. the lathe takes control of me I guess.

This wood was not cheap wood, it costed me $700 to have it removed.

The guy worked from a 65 foot boom truck in our backyard in town.

Our back yard is a maze of power lines, & such.

Planting a tree, & waiting for the wood.

That’s what they call long range planning, & I didn’t even own a lathe yet. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 1826 days ago

Beautiful design Dick and great color. I’ve got some Libron wax but I’ve never used it. I guess I better give it a try.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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GMman

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#2 posted 1826 days ago

Very fine work,nice display too
I try to put the dates on my projects too.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 1826 days ago

Thanks Mike, & GMman!

Mike> I polish it to 400 grit when I wax things.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Christopher

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#4 posted 1826 days ago

I love the stories behind your work. Seems like when a piece has history it makes it even more interesting. thank Dick.

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pommy

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#5 posted 1826 days ago

Hi dick

only you could find such things lying around your cabin that are so beautifull just like the surroundings were your cabin is

Thanks for sharing it with us

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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lew

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#6 posted 1826 days ago

Dick and Barb,

It is wonderful that you allowed the tree to live on in your home.

I really like the shape of the vase.

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

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 1826 days ago

Very cool!
Great shape, cool treasure…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 1826 days ago

Thanks Guys,

When I start turning on a piece of wood, I never have a pattern.

After it’s roughly rounded, the piece just turns into something.

I haven’t the slightest idea of what’s going to turn out. the lathe takes control of me I guess.

This wood was not cheap wood, it costed me $700 to have it removed.

The guy worked from a 65 foot truck in our backyard in town.

Our back yard is a maze of power lines, & such.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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whit

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#9 posted 1826 days ago

Dick and Barb,

I think it is so neat that you can use wood from a tree you planted that long ago to make something. Would that we might all have the forethought to plant the seed and the longevity to be able to make something from it 40 years later. Well done.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 1826 days ago

Thank you whit,

That’s what they call long range planning, & I didn’t even own a lathe yet. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 1826 days ago

I hope someone knows that you have written down the stories behind your special pieces. The story and the item shouldn’t be separated.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 1826 days ago

Hi Debbie,
Could you explain that again, it didn’t soak in?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 1826 days ago

A nice piece of history Dick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 1826 days ago

Thank you Grumpy!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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scrappy

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#15 posted 1826 days ago

Very nice turning. It appears to have had a long wait to become what it was truly meant for. Very beautiful work, and love the story behind it.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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