Blue Cape Chestnut Dish The Second

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-28-2016 06:09 AM 944 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Early last week, I decided, in the midst of finishing the inside of this Dish, that I really need to elevate my workmanship – make it, on the whole, extraordinary in ways that can’t fail to bring money, as well as attention from my peers. I thought about the two “Holy Grails of Woodsmithery” that exist in my mind. This piece sat on the side since last Tuesday, whilst I immersed myself in one of those branches of teh Wooden Artes. Yesterday came. I made three breathless attempts to make a reasonable facsimile of the thing I’d been whole-heartedly concentrated upon. My head was pounding, and my heart ached at the frustration of it all.

I think I shall return, if only briefly, to the devil with which I’m well-acquainted. For I am having a crisis of confidence.

I think you should. You’re becoming impossible to live with. For you are a turd.

Well, sir, a couple months ago, driving down the street, I spied a stick of Plumeria out at the curb.

I picked it up. I’m not proud. I had, at that time, cut a piece from said stick, mounted it on the lathe, between centers, cylindrified it, and stuck the stick in a box. Back to yesterday’s crisis. I got that wee piece of Plumeria out, mounted it and began turning. Today, as I was finishing that piece, the Dish that is the subject of this Post called to me from the corner of the workbench. “You have that finishing stuff out. How’s ‘bout finishing me? I’m all done, bit for the outside that hasn’t been finished.”
A (mercifully) little of the process.

So, I did. Now, whereas I had given the inside the same “Quasi-Blue-Ice” finish that I had applied to the first dish in this set, for the outside I merely colored the WOP with food dye and laid on several coats, til it just sorta hinted at blue. I then topped it with clear WOP a few times to deepen it.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 08:13 AM

You are a twisted man Mark, but you have an uncanny knack of producing some lovely pieces.
This one being no exception.
Thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#2 posted 02-28-2016 08:26 AM

Twisted, Honorable Bob?? I’m offended. I prefer “deranged.” Thank you.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 09:39 AM

OK “deranged” Mark, but I agree with Bob you are producing some very nice work.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 12:37 PM

Extremely unique. I can see that selling with no problems. Love the finish.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 02-28-2016 01:51 PM

I do see a little twist in this one Mark. I can’t help but think that this would cradle a banana nicely. A plus for improving efforts.

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2016 03:27 PM

Recognizing that you are deranged is the first step toward healing – don’t go there, we prefer the crazy guy, he makes better projects and writes more amusing posts. :)

Another beautiful bowl, may it bring you the fame and fortune that you seek during your lifetime. (You are no doubt aware that very few great artists achieved fame and fortune during their lifetime.)

Keep working, keep posting, and keep collecting those interesting pieces of wood from the neighborhood.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 02-28-2016 03:46 PM

I always harbor a certain amount of jealousy for those folks who can envision the finished piece within the rough medium. Keep it up, Mark, you are amazing!

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

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#8 posted 02-28-2016 08:10 PM

Thank you all. You’re very nice.
Paul, I perused your website, and, I gotta say, WOW. I am truly rubbing elbows with giants.
Dave, it cradles the other Blue Cape Chestnut Dish very well.
John: Fame? Fortune? I just want to pay the bills. And to have some tangible sense that I’m not just spinning my wheels. And, eat, occasionally.
Lew, here’s the equation:

-- Mark

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 09:05 PM

Good job of turning Mark, I like the sharp edges and finish. I’m always thinking about keeping my fingers out of the way when I try something like that.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 02-29-2016 01:00 AM

”Blue Cape Chestnut Dish ”???? Nay, friend. You should call this one The Blue Pickle ....

At least from the first picture that’s what it looked like to me!


But what do I know? I’m more warped than you !

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

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 02:41 AM

For a “deranged” turner, of which most of us are, this is exquisite !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 02:49 AM

you are one brave man, taking your life, fingers etc. on the line making all these unusual things. Hope you don’t get winged. Well done. I have been helping an older fried on the lathe today, and we wher looking at all your work, you sure do some interesting things.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 04:56 AM

John, I’ve developed the habit, when turning “wing-ed” Things, of touching my left hip on the way to the power switch, which is on the headstock. Aside from that, the only danger, really, is in catching the tool on the flying end. My fingers and knuckles don’t ever get very close to it.
Joe, good eye. Mebees the next one should be green?
Brian, I’m flattered. And, see the above, to John.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 03-01-2016 05:02 AM

Love the work Mark. This is the first time I have heard of the food dye/WOP. Could you expound a little more on that?
Are you using oil or water based poly and does a little dye go a long way in the mix? Thanks

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#15 posted 03-01-2016 09:08 AM

And, also, Oldwood, tell us your name, please. Nevemind. I went your website, DON. Loving that glider. BMd your site.

-- Mark

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