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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-19-2016 12:38 AM 1072 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here we go on another journey through Wilon’s head. Oh joy.

About a month ago, having been heartily engaged in making a living, sans “job,” I decided to sharpen my tools. I did so, rather nicely, thank you very much. Needing a way to find out just how swell a sharpening job I had done, I lifted this off the shelf, where it had been for more than year.

A Jacaranda log, about 4” in diameter and 10” long. Nicely seasoned, after having sat on the shelf for more than a year.
What I envisioned (more to the point, what VIMH was suggesting) was a vase, emerging. I proceeded, forthwith.

Retaining bark, in an attractive way.

I like where this is going.

Really. I do.

So I polished it up.

Then, in the hollowing, I tried to go all egg-shell on it.

And it might still have passed for a vase. Instead:

Then, this:

There it sat, on the chuck, for the next two weeks or so, whilst I cogitated upon doing some colorizing on the top part.

Today, being the day-off I gave myself from my money-making Happy Place this week, I decided to go ahead and be done with this, so’s I can move on to something else.

It is done.

Thank you, and, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-19-2016 12:59 AM

Looking great until the mishap but still ended up a nice project. Like the effect of the bark on the base, nice shape and a great finish with your shine juice. Nice piece of turning.

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

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#2 posted 08-19-2016 01:08 AM

Oops! We all have those moments. I know how you must have felt, Good recovery, Mark!!!!!!!!!!


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

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#3 posted 08-19-2016 01:52 AM

Regardless of what you call it, I love the grain pattern in that dark spot!

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

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#4 posted 08-19-2016 02:00 AM

Interesting adventure in wood. ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 08-19-2016 02:20 AM

An adventure in learning brought to us by my mentor Murphy? Happy accidents? Nice recovery.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-19-2016 02:46 AM

Nice result Mark. It’s got me thinking about turning a Newel Cap someday.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 08-19-2016 02:47 AM

You could nickname that one ‘Divers Helmet’ Mark.
Nice curved lines on the turning.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 08-19-2016 03:02 AM

Looks as if you tried to go the extra mile. At least you made it to the finish line. Nicely done.
That Jacaranda looks a lot like a pear log I have.

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

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#9 posted 08-19-2016 03:30 AM

There are no mistakes when you challenge creativity, just opportunities for design change!
Nicely done Mark.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#10 posted 08-19-2016 04:25 AM

Nice recovery Mark.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 08-19-2016 08:06 AM

Awesome shape and combination of live edge and turned surfaces.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-19-2016 08:15 AM

Thank you, all my Beloved Buddies.
Jim, I just had it happen again. The piece that was still left in the chuck after I cut this off was shaping up into a very nice little martini glass. Guess what happened. I’m having a crisis of confidence now.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 08-19-2016 11:53 AM

I offer this advice on the understanding that I do not have any practical experience with turning stuff on a lathe.
So ths gem relates to a youtube video I saw afer checking out,

Project Wearable Sweet Gum 08-11-2016 09:25 PM by Ronald G Campbell, its a hat.
How its made is by the use of a light behind the wood to be used as a gauge to determine the amount of material being removed by the amount of translucence in the timber.
Meaning how thin its getting, so I guess you could temporarly fit a light to your gouge and turn away inside.
Taking care of care not to get the power cord caught on the spinning timber.

Does any of this make sense?

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 08-19-2016 01:03 PM

Bummer when the inside gets bigger than the outside. Next project idea: homemade wall thickness calipers.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#15 posted 08-19-2016 01:52 PM

hey mark wood happens,you made a nice recovery though,you learn from what went wrong and move on to the next mistake,oh thats my life,sorry.great job buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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