Spalted Paper Birch Goblet

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Project by Brian Havens posted 05-22-2010 12:05 AM 1409 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I released my video on how to use locally felled trees for turning, I have been unable to pull myself away from the lathe. Feeling that I had reached a new level of tool control, I decide to give one of those really thin-walled goblets a try. So out to the wood pile I went to find a piece of “scrap” branch wood for some practice.

Scrap, not!

This is one of the greatest joys in using locally felled trees: You never know when you will strike gold in an undesirable hunk of “scrap” wood.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 12:29 AM

Wow, that’s a gorgeous piece of wood not to mention a really nice turning. It’s even better that you were able to find this in a “scrap” piece of wood. Thanks for sharing!


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 12:33 AM

VERy nice!! Great hunk of scrap ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 05-22-2010 01:09 AM

Very cool unique wood

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-22-2010 02:38 AM

Beautiful…great work.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 05-22-2010 03:06 AM

From scrap to treasure! Beautiful transformation!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 05-22-2010 03:48 AM

Agree completely & nice work. My favorite pieces are ones that have a story behind the wood itself.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 03:53 AM

Nice goblet and great grain pattern!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 05-22-2010 09:12 AM

Wonderful turning. Outstanding save of a Scrap piece of wood.

Keep it up.


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

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#9 posted 05-22-2010 09:19 AM

beautiful goblet, love the wood, just gorgeous.

-- RStadler

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