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Project by trifern posted 12-20-2009 03:55 PM 2033 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vessel is turned from maple with a cherry finial. It measures approximately 11.5 inches tall by 5 inches wide. I am still not comfortable with finials, this being my fourth one. Everything is painted black to allow me to study the form and lines without the distraction of wood grain and color.

All comments, especially critiques, are welcomed and appreciated.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 04:14 PM

I think, that if the fall part of the finials were elongated a little, they would flow better. I think each one has a sort of finallity about the shape and position. I also think that the concept of black is a great idea, it does allow for more focus.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 04:33 PM

Sweet…but I agree with Andrew the long stretch of the finial could be a little thinner with a slight tapper. Over all it’s beautiful.
What type of paint dud you use?

-- Vince

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 05:12 PM

Yip…. Top section of finial is too thick. IMHO. The base and ball look to be about right, just the long taper to tip needs to be thiner….... Finials are a challenge. The black out is great…..... really does help to just see the form.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 05:12 PM

You would think that after 213 postings, you’d come up with a dud once in a while.

You set the bar pretty high for these other turners…

No need to tell you it’s beautiful…...........

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 05:24 PM

great as always joe, and i do agree with the other guys, the top could be a little thinner. i just watched cindys video and will be posting some new finials soon. thanks for the info.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 05:47 PM

I think that it is beautiful. I don’t know anything about finials as far as how things are supposed to be done, but just to look at it…. I wouldn’t change a thing. However, if I were to see a different finial on a future vessel, I might like it better blacked out and on this one. I don’t know, whatever, this one looks fantastic.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 05:53 PM

Joe, this is a beautiful piece. I do agree with the rest of the comments however.The finial is the perfect height, it just needed to be thinner from ball to top. Painting the piece black to really see it was a very good idea and a sign of an artist who wants to improve his abilities in a new arena. Well done Joe.

-- "I am not young enough to know everything." JM Barrie

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 06:04 PM

Another great turning Joe the finial adds that special feel.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 09:46 PM

The overall project is awesome ,but the thickness of the upper finial wouldn’t keep me from buying the piece.
I do see what the others have stated about its thickness and I agree that it would flow better if it were thinner and more tapered , Joe. Happy Holidays : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 12:28 AM

Nicely turned. I agree with tapering of the finial. You’re 99% there on the turning. I would like to see more wood grain show through even if you keep it black. Just a shadow of grain would remind me that this is part of a former living tree. Still a lovely piece.

I really love how you have experimented with your finishes and shapes and look forward to viewing more.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 12-21-2009 12:44 AM

That black paint really gives the piece an elegance. Well done.

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#12 posted 12-21-2009 01:19 AM

I don’t know enough about turning to give a proper critique, but i know what i like, and i like that :)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 01:31 AM

Great craftsmanship as usual.
Since you asked for critical opinions, here’s mine:
I’d like to see the middle bead on the finial match the shape of the hollow form,
which you seem to have perfected.
I’d like to see a thinner stem and a smaller, more delicate tip on the finial.

-- Gary, Florida

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#14 posted 12-21-2009 02:03 AM

That is beautiful.

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#15 posted 12-21-2009 03:18 AM

Great job. The black gives it such elegance. I think the finial is fine but would like to see it shorter. I don’t turn wood that often so my opinion would probably be better left alone.

-- Eric Florida

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