Champagne Flute

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-08-2017 10:54 PM 1194 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having made many a Wine Goblet, Martini Glass, Snifter, et al, I’ve always had it in my head that a passable Champagne Flute might be nice. So, here it is, for what it’s worth. Just passable. No. NOT usable.
I began with a Jacarande branch whose diameter was just big enough for the 2” jaws – including the bark. I supported it with the live center at the tailstock. I turned the outside. I friction-polished the outside. I hogged out the inside, as best I could, beginning with a couple of drills, then enlarging the opening with a fingernail gouge and a Sorby scraper-like thing. It began to wobble, though I hadn’t yet begun turning the stem. So, I sanded the inside as best I could (stupendous ineptitude, in this area), given its very narrow (1”) ID. I went to the stem, and made a couple of (half-ass) captive rings. I made the stem breakably thin, without breaking it. The wall of the glass is also quite thin. But (get a load of this), I didn’t go though it. The thinness at the lip, of course, is much thinner that what lies below, out of sight (out of mind.)

Height: 7”+
OD: 1-1/8”ish
Wall thickness (for about half of the depth: 1/16”+/-
Finish (Outside): Shellac friction-polish
Finish (Inside and bottom)

Who’s that “Kid, Fat Crazy (K,FC), who has been in the news quite a bit lately?:


For what it’s worth.
Thank you. And, I apologize.
I really kind of phoned this one in. Mebbees, I’ll try it again. I have lots of narrow branches. What I lack are the proper tools for hollowing such things out, properly. I am, however, a little proud of myself for not breaking it.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-08-2017 11:32 PM

a little proud of myself for not breaking it.

And well you should be! Mighty nice!

I need to learn more about hollowing. Might order some cutters from Capt. Eddie and create my own tools.

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

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 11:40 PM

some nice figuring on the timber Mark really helps set it apart, hey cum on, showing of with the captive rings :-).
nice job bud

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

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#3 posted 05-09-2017 12:04 AM

Great work Mark. Always wanting to thin out those walls is a challenge. This time you won. Your rings look better than my first ones by far.

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

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 12:55 AM

well buddy not being a turner,other than pens which a 10 year old can do,this piece just amazes me.incredible work my friend.

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

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 01:13 AM

Looking good mate.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 05-09-2017 02:41 AM

”... I apologize.
I really kind of phoned this one in. Mebbees, I’ll try it again.”

Me thinks the Wilson doth profess too much modesty.

Lovely shape, the captured rings/thin stem/thin walls/surviving bark show real skill, and objets d’arte do not have to be functional.

In other words: Ya done good kid, brag about this one!

Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 05-09-2017 03:17 AM

You did a first class job.. very nice.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 05-09-2017 05:16 AM

Nicely done Mark. I like it!!

-- 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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#9 posted 05-09-2017 06:56 AM

Although it’s not for use, turned out good and very nice project (or improved practise). Those rings are very cool addition.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-09-2017 07:10 AM

Looks like you have worked up a well deserved thirst quencher, and a couple of pieces of calamari to chew on!!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 05-09-2017 08:43 AM

Beautifully thin than AND a pair of captive rings to boot! It’s worth posting and being proud of, Mark! Thank you for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 05-09-2017 02:29 PM

Mark, this is an outstanding piece and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 05-09-2017 11:01 PM

Nice lines Mark & great job on the rings.

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

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#14 posted 05-10-2017 09:28 AM

I like how the live edge is just poking through on the sidewall, just enough to let you know its there.

good stuff

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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