Vessel Emerging #8 Plumeria Goblet

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-28-2016 07:13 AM 728 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bush from whence come the flowers of which leis are made.

In my ‘hood, dwell many of these bushes. Quite lovely, in the Springtime (now, in Southern California – mid to late February), with all their show-offity flowers a-bloom.
Some months back, it became apparent to me that one of my neighbors no longer wanted the Plumeria in his yard. The branch that was left at the curb came home with me.

Isn’t that gonna be rather too plant-like to turn?

Shut up, Precious. What do you know about it?

As much as you do, Poopsie.

I cut about an 8” piece of it a few days later and mounted it between centers, to cylindrify it. It was like a wet sponge. I got it round and put it in a bag of its own filth. Yesterday, experiencing a crisis of confidence regarding a subject I won’t go into here, I mounted it back on the lathe and determined to make of it a goblet. It had dried real well. I didn’t take any pictures of it until I’d finished turning the outside of the bowl and polished it up. That was when I thought it deserved having its picture taken. It looked, to me, for all the world like Ivory.

I’ve leaned my lesson, thank you very much, about finishing the top of such Things before moving on to the part of such a Thing that’s gonna want to break. I then worked my way down the stem (without breaking it), and put, at the very bottom end, what’s supposed to pass for a drop, of sorts. You know, like, that which “emerged” was a drop of wine, from whence sprang forth a wine goblet.

You’re too clever by half.

Shut up.

VIMH and I aren’t terribly fond of one another, these days.

As to the finish: I picked up my squirt bottle of Shine Juice and decided I needed to make a new batch. I couldn’t find my can of BLO to save my life. Remembering a video wherein Mary May had mentioned that her Italian carving Master had the propensity for using Olive Oil, I made my new batch with that. It seemed to give the “Ivory” appearance of the material (Is it wood? I don’t know. I know. Someone’s going to say that anything you can turn can qualify as wood. My answer to that is that I saw a video of a woman turning a cauliflower on the lathe. It looked exquisitely like one of those burl turnings that resemble a coral growth.), yellow. The photos make it look yellower than it is in reality. But is does have a yellow tinge.
I like it, no matter what that turd, VIMH thinks.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 07:48 AM

Nice and clean!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 09:46 AM

Why, thank you, Ivan.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 01:45 PM

That’s pretty cool Mark.
Like the shape.


-- 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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#4 posted 02-28-2016 01:55 PM

Fit for a king. Very nice base by the way.

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

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#5 posted 02-28-2016 03:15 PM

Agree with doubleDD 100%, fit for a king and the built in coaster is a great touch.

We also like that voice in your head. It amuses us. :)

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 02-28-2016 03:41 PM

Sweet! I like the first photo, too.

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2016 08:20 PM

I could have broken this so easily, in many ways. That thin line – the first one down from the top – is translucent. And, as I got closer to the bottom end of the stem and made the “drop,” the top end started wobbling a little. So speeding up the lathe to friction polish the stem was like asking it to twist apart. I’m awful glad it didn’t.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-28-2016 08:26 PM

nice job mark :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 08:39 PM

You have done well with this one Mark.

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

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 08:53 PM

Nice looking goblet Mark. Looks too fragile for me to try. One question, is it going to warp at all or is it dry now?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 05:11 AM

Pete, Bob, John, thanks. John, it’s dry.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 08:31 PM

great bit of turning and very nice goblet
o and i love your storeys


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#13 posted 02-29-2016 09:10 PM

Thanks, Hugo. That means a lot to me.

-- Mark

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

Great looking goblet Mark. Amazing that you used Plumeria. Once upon a time I grew them!

Just a note.. For some strange reason I’m not receiving email notifications from my buddies.. I inquired about the problem I hope they fix my issue.

-- Tony UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it.." Now I can't stop!

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#15 posted 03-02-2016 04:20 AM

Thank you, Tony.

-- Mark

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