Simple Christmas Gifts - Bud Vases

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Project by Don posted 11-07-2007 05:59 AM 3019 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in my shop. But today was the day. Bad leg or not, Christmas is comming and I have about a dozen gifts to make.

Last year I made some small wooden boxes – and in case you didn’t already know, I just love small wooden boxes!

But this year I’m cutting back; not because I want to but because I need to keep off my healing knee repair. So I whipped these up in three hours from three different Australian timbers – Red Gum on the right, Huon Pine in the center and Tasmanian Blackwood on the right.

The finish is friction polish from Ubeaut.

I’ve inserted a glass vial in each to retain the water. Hope my friends and family understand. Each one is slightly different in shape – not intentional.

Sorry the pictures are similar, but why waste the space?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 11-07-2007 06:02 AM

Just beautiful, Don! I love a good turning!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 11-07-2007 06:04 AM

Hey Don, I understand you can’t make me a box this year. I will look forward to receiving my vase – they are very beautiful! Let me know if you’ve misplaced my address and I’ll email it right over.

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#3 posted 11-07-2007 06:14 AM

Me too, Don. Don’t fergit me now!! They are really wonderful and we hope your leg gets better. While your recuperating why not write a very good book on ” Small Wooden Boxes”? You could keep the knee elevated and we would all have some excellent reading.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-07-2007 06:18 AM

Very pretty turnings!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 11-07-2007 06:25 AM

Think you are as good at turning as you are at boxin’ ...... All three are beautiful, but the white one is my favorite. Especially in the third photo. It really stands out as a special piece.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 11-07-2007 06:32 AM

I have certainly enjoyed all three sets of pictures of your round, skinny-necked small lidless wooden boxes.
I just love them.
Continued good wishes on your return to full mobility, illustrious Box Elder!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 11-07-2007 06:53 AM

Welcome back Don! It’s been a while since your last post and I was wondering where you’d gone. I didn’t know you had a bad knee but I hope is healing well cause we have small-box withdrawal syndrome here.

When I first looked at the picture of the Shellawax Cream I first thought you did use Vegemite to finish the vases but then I realized the paste looked way too whitish to be it. :o)

Nice vases by the way… err I mean round, skinny-necked small lidless wooden boxes. Damn Douglas why those upside-down Canucks have to make things so complicated? ;o)

Tell us Don, did your last friend-customer eventually loved the great box you made for her?

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#8 posted 11-07-2007 10:16 AM

I just love small wooden vases, have I ever told you that Don and those are exceptional. Very nice. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 11-07-2007 11:48 AM

Very well done Don. I think that it would still qualify as a small box – if you think about it, it’s made of wood and intended to hold something – in this case a flower. So, nice turned box.

Did you hollow them out, or drill them out for the vials?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-07-2007 01:10 PM

stunning, Don.. simply stunning.

Best of luck with your knee recovery. I’m glad to hear that you are taking it easy.

(I like the book idea.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-07-2007 01:39 PM

Techinically those could be cylindrical tall boxes with out the lids. Great job!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 11-07-2007 02:48 PM

Hi Don:

Didn’t know you were on injured reserve….......everyone keeps telling you to give up the Rugby…... but NO!!!!

COOL turnings… the “Huon Pine” like N. American pine or like maple????

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#13 posted 11-07-2007 03:00 PM

Well done. I like those al ot.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#14 posted 11-07-2007 03:07 PM

I have never seen Tasmanian Blackwood before, and I love it. Folks who recieve those vases are going to be delighted. Hope the knee heals well.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#15 posted 11-07-2007 03:13 PM

Don some great small boxes. Welcome to the shop if only for a while.

-- 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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