Cherry Vessel with Turquoise

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Project by Porchfish posted 03-06-2017 02:30 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Cherry vessel was turned from a root section of a large (30” dia. at 3’ ht) tree that I downed for a neighbor 9 months ago. It remained at around 22% moisture content, but so many cracks had formed in spite of triple sealing…. I decided to see what I could do with it. This is 1/4 of the block, so I still have 3 more pieces to come. The root section was highly convoluted and if you’ll note the bark sections left on are INSIDE the vessel. That made it VERY interesting turning. I used a lot of thin CA glue to penetrate deep into the convolutions, thinking (ha ha) that it would help stabilize it during turning. Of Course, with root sections there was a LOT of sand and soil that was invisible and packed inside the convolutions. The CA turned that mess into neat cement-like masses hidden away and undiscovered while turning the outside of the vessel. Talk about dulling tools…sheesh… I’m not so enamored with turning root sections anymore. This fella started out as a 7.5” x 9.5” block….A lot was lost off the bottom due to dirt /cement which me super Nova 2 chuck did NOT like. So I ended up with a very flawed 6.5” x 8” (mol) Vessel . I filled some cracks with small chunks of Turquoise and highlighted others with mashed up turquoise pieces. I had fun with the piece after a lot of sweaty turning It has been finished (so far ) with 4 coats of Watco Danish oil. I may use my Beal system on it to give it a real glossy finish….haven’t decided yet.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 02:38 PM

Roger, Very advanced turning, nice job! Love the turquoise!!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 03-06-2017 02:52 PM


I would definitely buff it out to a high gloss.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-06-2017 07:18 PM

Beautifully done. Great work.

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

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#4 posted 03-06-2017 08:03 PM

Looks like a very patient exercise in turning great result, as far as the finish I feel the more Organic pieces like this usually look good in the type of finish above (just my 2c worth) :-)

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

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#5 posted 03-06-2017 08:13 PM

You made a bad looking hunk of wood look good. Nice job!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 03-06-2017 08:59 PM

Wow! This is beautiful and that wood is out of sight.

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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#7 posted 03-07-2017 12:46 PM

That’s incredible

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 03-07-2017 01:58 PM

Very nice.

-- 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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#9 posted 03-08-2017 02:35 PM

Beautiful. Great job.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#10 posted 03-10-2017 10:28 AM

Beautiful work, the turquoise adds a lot to your project. Well done

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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