Les Moore

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Project by trifern posted 01-18-2010 12:18 AM 2233 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a continuation of my studies on finials and toppers. Some have suggested in the past that sometimes less is really more. This piece takes that thought to the extreme. The finial has been reduced to a mere teardrop splashing into the vessel.

Les Moore is turned from end grain, fiddle back maple. It is finished with aniline dyes and wipe on poly. It measures approximately 4.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide.

All comments and 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 01-18-2010 12:46 AM

Another nice turning.

Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co. station agent in the 1880’s.
He’s buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona with the following epitaph.

“Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a .44
No Les No More. “

-- 温故知新

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 12:55 AM

Beautiful turning…ummm, is it hard to hold on to, to open?


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#3 posted 01-18-2010 12:57 AM

Wow, Art work and a history lesson in one shot. That’s why I like this place.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 12:59 AM

In this case Les is Moore

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 01:03 AM


-- - 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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#6 posted 01-18-2010 01:09 AM

Absolutely awesome!!! I have visited your projects section quite a few times to gawk at all of your amazing turnings!!! You have an amazing talent for it and your finishes are breathtaking as well!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 01:19 AM

wow i love the small cap, it really gives the piece a good starting point for the eye. your finishes are amazing, it is one of the things i really need to work on. great as always, thanks for sharing.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 02:02 AM

Wow Very Cool Joe I love everything about it !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 02:03 AM

Joe: That is really Les. I like it. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 02:42 AM

Very nice it looks awesome. I have a Question, do you use those new lathe tools that have the carbide tips that you can replace when they get dull? I was wondering what you thought about them.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 01-18-2010 03:47 AM

It might be les but I like it more.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 03:54 AM

I think that top really fits the piece & as usual the grain on the fiddleback is amazing. I like the choice of color also.

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#13 posted 01-18-2010 04:10 AM


I really like that color choice on this one. Great Work !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 01-18-2010 05:21 AM

Very nice! The finial is nicely understated. You’ve mastered this form.

-- jn

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#15 posted 01-18-2010 05:46 AM

Beautiful turning and finish , Joe : ) The funny part about your projects name is that I worked with a guy named Lester (Les)Moore back in the ‘80’s at a new car dealership : ) LOL

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

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