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"The Spirit of Hawaii"

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Project by Ronald G Campbell posted 07-16-2016 10:38 AM 945 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“The spirit of Hawaii”

This vessel is of Koa Burl. The burl was cut 18 years ago and laid in the shop of a turner in Hawaii. He passed a couple years ago and a wood supplier bought much of this gentleman’s wood. I bought two pieces and this was one of them. The piece started out weight 42 pounds and I had spent my money and now had to get it home. Sent my clothes and my wife’s cloths home via USPS. With empty suit cases we paid $ 25 for each suitcase.

Yes it has set in my shop for 18 months, happens all the time until an idea comes to me

This piece stands 12 inches to the top of the vessel. The whale and the fish hook specialized wood

With every trip I look for that special piece of wood and I think I found it here.

Yes I gave you more photos

Off to a gallery

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell





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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 07-16-2016 10:44 AM

A real beauty Ron, nothing beats a piece of burl turned by a Master, beautiful grain and a super finish. Like the idea of the fish hook, is the stand dyed plywood? Thanks for showing. You must have upset someone on LJ’s as I can’t
see any other reason why some or most of your projects don’t get a DT3 when real ordinary project do. I’ll leave it there.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Ronald G Campbell

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 10:50 AM

Yes it is a plywood out of Mexico that has dyed layers in it. Never sure what makes it to the DT3
We will see

Bob thanks for the reply

Ron

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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RichCMD

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 01:15 PM

What a beautiful piece. I love how you used a theme appropriate to the wood.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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BB1

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#4 posted 07-16-2016 02:01 PM

How beautiful. Thank you for sharing the story behind the project.

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#5 posted 07-16-2016 03:01 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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leafherder

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#6 posted 07-16-2016 04:37 PM

Beautiful turning, the base and finial make it a true work of art. The future owner will be very fortunate to get to admire this beauty on a regular basis.. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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SteveGaskins

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 05:54 PM

Ron, absolutely amazing piece. I love how the piece tells the story. A true work of art my newest buddy. Love your work and I added to favorites. Hopefully, this piece will make it to the DT3 and Editor’s Choice. Thanks for posting such a work of art and for telling the story behind the artwork.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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Ronald G Campbell

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#8 posted 07-16-2016 06:49 PM



Ron, absolutely amazing piece. I love how the piece tells the story. A true work of art my newest buddy. Love your work and I added to favorites. Hopefully, this piece will make it to the DT3 and Editor s Choice. Thanks for posting such a work of art and for telling the story behind the artwork.

- SteveGaskins

Editors choice I have never been selected for that honor Thanks and stay tune as I have more in work
Ron

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 07-16-2016 07:06 PM

Ron this piece is spectacular and the wood just jumps right out at you.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#10 posted 07-16-2016 08:57 PM

Did you hear that sound, Ron? That was my mind, being blown, thank you.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 07-16-2016 09:30 PM

Ron, Beautiful piece. You have the hands of a craftsman and the eye, spirit and heart of an artist.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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peteg

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#12 posted 07-16-2016 09:43 PM

A piece of timber to die for, I have been looking at the one for quite a while Ron, from the form, the design & the finish it’s a real stunner, tip of the hat Mate, would grace any gallery
cheers
Pete

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

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#13 posted 07-16-2016 10:48 PM

Gorgeous piece! I love the whale and hook finial. I always look for Koa when my family goes to Hawaii. A few months ago I sent home 5 great pieces of curly Koa and some figured Mango veneer. I’m curious who you got the lumber from? I’d love to check out his supply next time I’m there.

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#14 posted 07-17-2016 01:34 AM

Exotic wood like that is rare as diamonds, It is fortunate that this piece of wood ended up in your hands, one who has the ability to turn it into a real gem, and I feel fortunate to view it. Thanks..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 07-17-2016 01:51 AM

No other words Ron, just beautiful.
Bob

-- 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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