A Vase From A Shrub

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Project by lew posted 07-14-2016 01:36 AM 736 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We decided to take out the shrubs at the front of the house. They were here when I moved in so I know they were over 50 years old. Not sure what species they were but I can tell you they are completely unforgiving when you fall face first into them, from a ladder, while hanging Christmas decorations- don’t ask.

The turning is about 5” tall and 6” diameter at the top. Sanded thru 4000 grit. Finished with Johnson’s paste wax.

This is the first turning I’ve made that had a “opening” in the side. My stuff is usually pretty much utilitarian. This really doesn’t have much practical purpose but the grain looks nice.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 07-14-2016 01:55 AM

You’re correct. The grain sure does “look nice”. More like absolutely beautiful!!!
It’s one of those pieces that make you want to touch it.
Lovely piece Lew.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 07-14-2016 02:47 AM

That is a great looking vase with beautiful lumber. I found some that looks the same. Do you know what kind of shrub it was?

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

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#3 posted 07-14-2016 02:51 AM

isn’t it very nice when you start to get bark off …...... and all that beautiful grain pops out at you …... GREAT JOB


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#4 posted 07-14-2016 02:55 AM

Lew, that’s fantastic! I’m not a turner but I pretty darn certain that gap caused you some worry. It turned out awesome.

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#5 posted 07-14-2016 02:57 AM

I am with John….........could you send it to me for a few days???

That’s a wowey item.

Always knew you were an artist….......

Did you stabilize it with CA…...what’s the story….....Van Gogh??

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-14-2016 04:22 AM

Beautiful vase Lew, great use of the root/stump.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 07-14-2016 04:41 AM

Very nice Lew, it turned out (no pun intended) just beautiful!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 07-14-2016 05:14 AM

When you sand you really sand. I must be fantastic in real life. well done

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 07-14-2016 09:05 AM

Some things are so doggone lovely, Lew, that I fairly weep when I see them. Which brings me to a point regarding “usefulness.” A piece of art is ART. Its “purpose,” if one insists, is for staring at lovingly. You nailed it here, Beloved Buddy. You made me weep.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 07-14-2016 09:19 AM

You did a great job on this. Love the grain. It may not be practical but, then again, most works of art are not.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 07-14-2016 10:36 AM

WOW! This turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#12 posted 07-14-2016 12:05 PM

WOW, that is beautiful. It looks like a 5 arm root or crotch with all the circles coming out from it!

Nice reuse of the bush!! you never know what is hidden in those shrubs!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-14-2016 01:59 PM

LEW…...Talk about making a SILK Purse out of a PIG”S EAR 1111111111111111111111 It is a beautiful Bowl/ vase. I love the void on the lip. At our age , we should avoid ladders.



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#14 posted 07-14-2016 04:45 PM

Absolutely beautiful Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 07-14-2016 05:07 PM

That is nice! Its cool that its from a shrub. Awesome idea. I have sever bushes and shrubs that will be removed this fall. Kinda of makes me want a lathe now.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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