Spalted White Birch Chalis

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Project by sedcokid posted 06-13-2010 05:26 PM 1762 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Chalis is made of Spalted White Birch. It is 7¼” tall and 2¼” wide at the base and cup ends. The finish is four coats of wipe on poly and then buffed on the Beal system.

Please forgive the photography as I am struggling with the proper lighting. If you have any ideas on taking better project photos I would like to hear about them.

I have also posted new photos of My Workshop if you care to look. It is my favorite place!!

I would appreciate any and all comments.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 05:31 PM

Beautiful Work, Chuck!

The dark rings give this piece great visual appeal!


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

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#2 posted 06-13-2010 05:33 PM

great turning it has a wonderful delicate look

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#3 posted 06-13-2010 05:34 PM

The dark rings were made by burnishing Cocabolo into the grooves. I have used a wire to burnish before but read about doing this and it worked nicely. Thanks for the comment Lew.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 06-13-2010 05:36 PM

No fair cleaning up the shop before taking pictures- it makes the rest of us look bad ;^)


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

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#5 posted 06-13-2010 05:58 PM

Nice turning and nice shop looks like you have some really nice toys I mean tools there…...............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#6 posted 06-13-2010 06:27 PM

Chuck, that is just beautiful! Everybody keeps telling me to buy a lathe, I’m really thinking about it.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#7 posted 06-13-2010 06:56 PM

Nice looking goblet. I have never heard of burnishing with another wood to get that effect. It looks good, more subtle than burning with wire. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 06-13-2010 09:02 PM

Fantastic turning. Great piece of wood also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 06-13-2010 09:29 PM

I´m not in to turning and don´t understand this bunishing thing
but it looks great it realy pop the piece
thank´s forsharing


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#10 posted 06-13-2010 11:28 PM

very pretty piece.

-- RStadler

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#11 posted 06-13-2010 11:41 PM

Chuck Great job!! I like everything about it from he wood you used to the dark accents .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 06-14-2010 08:08 AM

Chuck: VERY nice piece of work.

As for the Photos. I use an inexpensive Kodak Digital Camera about $150.00 BUT! I was trained on Konicas and Hasselblatts. Shutter Button….there are 2 stages ..first pressure sets the exposure, second pressure takes the picture, you should be able to feel those points. As opposed to one QUICK PUSH! Which also usually BLURS the picture because the Camera moved. GENTLY is the way to go on the Button.

If you want NO movement put the camera on a Tri Pod, set it for a Time Exposure, click the button, 3 to 5 seconds later it takes the Picture. Regardless of what the camera is “telling me” I take one on Auto Flash and another NO Flash.

Download them all onto your Computer, take a quick run through and Delete all the BAD ones. Then the MAGIC happens when you put them through a SIMPLE Photo Editor. I use Windows Live and another piece of Free Software I have. No “Paint Program” or anything like that is needed. You can Crop, Contrast, Lighten, Darken, Color, Re Size, Finer Detail, Straighten , Etc. VERY Easy to do.

Hope this is of some help. PM me if you’d like more info.

I Confess! I lifted …LOL…(“Save Picture As”) your First Picture and just for fun I’m gonna Play around with it and see what I can do. It’s NOT that bad but we’ll see what happens.


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#13 posted 06-14-2010 08:14 AM

Beautiful goblet. Fantastic design and turn. Love the dark rings. Thanks for the info on burnishing with cocobola.

Keep it up.


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

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