Broken Arrow

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Project by dvl posted 1589 days ago 1795 views 18 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a little over a years since my last posting. This is my winter project and I hope you enjoy it.

The piece is called “Broken Arrow”. The feature ring design comes from a Navaho war blanket pattern that I saw in a little Native American shop in Scottsdale AZ. I added the “broken arrows” just because they seemed to be appropriate. The piece is approximately 19” wide and 18” high. It’s constructed of western maple, bloodwood, holly, ebony, and eight different brown and tan woods which the arrow shafts and feathers are made of.

I started working on the piece during Thanksgiving of 09 and just finished the final coat of lacquer this past weekend. It still needs a good final sanding and polishing. My guess is that I have around 300 hours of build time into the project. The vase consists of 5,930 individual pieces.

Hope you like it,


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#1 posted 1589 days ago

beautiful masterpiece I hope to work towards such beauty

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#2 posted 1589 days ago

Mind boggling! Marvelous project.

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

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#3 posted 1589 days ago

Amazing work

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 1589 days ago

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Your craftsmanship is outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 1589 days ago

Beautiful artwork – inside and out. This is exquisite. The wood choice complements the piece. Very nice – awesome.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#6 posted 1589 days ago

Marvelous, totally awesome. the amount of pieces in one progect is amazing.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 1589 days ago

HOLY SH** !!!!

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#8 posted 1589 days ago

Oh Wow, just a beauty!!!

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#9 posted 1589 days ago

OMIGOSH, you have set a standard that the rest of us will have a hard time matching, that is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen.

-- Smitty!!!

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#10 posted 1589 days ago

There are no words that could do this justice. I cannot actually find the words to say how impressive this piece is! The feathers themselves are fabulous! I hope you sell it and make a pile of money although there is no amount that would pay for the hours you put into it.


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#11 posted 1589 days ago

Fantastic artwork…Your detail work is flawless and it is obvious that you have a lot of patience.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#12 posted 1589 days ago

Wonderful art a most inspiring piece I could see why it would take a year to make such a wonderful turning.
Truly beautiful and amazing.

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#13 posted 1589 days ago

FANTASTIC…that is the first time I ever hit caps lock on the keyboard…I like it that much.


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#14 posted 1589 days ago

That’s kind of ironic, I just got done watching the movie Broken Arrow.

This is the most beautiful Segmented bowl I ever seen. Excellent Craftsmanship!!!

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#15 posted 1589 days ago

Not enough praise to show how I feel. This is truly impressive.

Keep up the wonder art.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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