Squash Blossom Redwood Vase

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Project by FordMike posted 05-19-2010 07:33 AM 1448 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This vase is 10” across and 14” deep, it is a piece of Redwood Burl that I turned 90 degrees from the normal orientation, the grain runs vertically up through the open mouth of the vase, normally you would cut the eyes horizontally to show the Birdseyes. the effect is to give streaks or feathers on both sides. Something different. The wood is finished with 3 coats of shellac and will be waxed before sale. hope you like comments are welcomed Sincerely FordMike

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 09:53 AM

That is one BIG Bowl! Beautiful Work! You’re right about the Grain Orientation. VERY Effective.


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#2 posted 05-19-2010 03:31 PM

That is a beautiful piece of wood! Your turning shows it off very well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 04:15 PM

Wow that is one amazing piece, i really like changing up the grain on my pieces also , it gives it a whole different look. Very nice keep them coming. I have to ask where you got such a nice piece of wood and if there is any more.

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 09:29 PM

reply to Roper, last fall I harvested a large Redwood Burl that was headed for the compost grinder, Cal trans project gone wrong, I was able to save about 2 thousand pounds of it in various chunks, I still have 20 or so blocks 24”x 24”x12” that are sealed and drying.

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 04:07 AM


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#6 posted 05-20-2010 05:33 AM

That is one beautiful vase and a bit one. You must have started with a huge chunk of wood. I do like the orientation for the pattern it shows, too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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