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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 02-15-2010 07:08 PM 2368 views 11 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fascinated by the end grain of olive branches and I wanted to do something to expose it. I came up with this idea. This vase is made of 12mm thick cross cuts of olive branches glued around unseen spherical plywood, 8mm thick, I call it skeleton. You can not glue flat cut on spherical because they will, tecnically, touch at one point only. I had to work on each one individually to concave it and make it suitable for gluing.
The gap between them was filled by mixture of grinding dust and PVA glue. Because the base and the neck, for, particularly, this vase, were betuck so was the grinding dust. Also, I had to apply the mixture several times because of the shrinkage as a result of drying up. Photo #2 shows you filling process.
By the way, This vase was my woodturning entry in Sydney Timber Show 2008 and won the second prize. photo #3.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 07:17 PM

WOW – This is great! I looked at this picture and immediately said, “how the h—- did he do that”. Then I read your narrative and looked at the second picture. Thank for so clearly explaining how you did this. I have never heard of spherical plywood. Is that something you can buy or did make the spherical plywood?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 07:19 PM




-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 07:45 PM

Nice real nice did something similar way back in the 80s,well done

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 08:42 PM

you just glued it David
thankĀ“s for sharing
both the vase and
the tecnic


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#5 posted 02-15-2010 09:21 PM

What a great Idea! Good Job.

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 09:26 PM

whoa thats a lot of work, thats prolly why its such a great end result…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 10:07 PM

Like mcoyfrog says – a LOT of work! – but beautiful!!

-- Dave O.

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 10:20 PM

Awesome just awesome!

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 10:29 PM

Well done Sam! I would have given you first prize.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 10:56 PM

Sam, I saw your entry at the Sydney Working With Wood Show. It is a great piece. That is an amazing amount of effort for an excellent result.

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

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 11:00 PM

Looks great, thanks for posting the background on how you did it.

-- --RoB, Florida

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 11:54 PM

Very interesting! So, did you hollow away the original plywood form? Interesting how this takes wood turning away from being a subtractive process. More like ceramics where you build up and then take away.

-- jn

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 12:21 AM

I’m amazed at the result. Fantastic! What exactly is PVA glue?

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#14 posted 02-16-2010 12:41 AM

This is remarkable, as is your striped bowl with reversed dots. I’m in awe of the engineering involved and your ability to find a solution to this rather complex problem. Kudos

-- Glen

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#15 posted 02-16-2010 01:09 AM

... And I am simply fascinated with your projects. This one deserves a big bravo!

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