Mahogany fluid vessel

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Project by hairy posted 07-04-2010 04:21 AM 2698 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fluidity is a concept familiar to us all. When this challenge was issued, my mind flew to this. To me, nothing says fluidity like fresh squeezed limes.

This vessel is able to capture the essence of the lime, and carry my chicken fajitas and pico de gallo to anywhere I can imagine. Figuratively speaking, of course. In reality it will be a very short trip from grill to plate to mouth. I can’t get ceviche off my mind right now.

The vessel itself embodies fluidity in the way all the elements flow from the bowl. The foot becomes the bowl. The spout and handle flow from and back into the bowl, and the rising column is a natural extension of it.

And it’s not just another pretty face, this beauty will see a lot of action in the future. It functions very well, ensuring the lime has delivered it’s all, and doesn’t spill a drop when pouring. It should be a good platform to harvest zest.

I learned from, and enjoyed making this piece for this challenge. I have more ideas in mind, based on the process used. It went from bandsaw to lathe, back to bandsaw, lathe again, and final shaping by hand.

9” from spout to handle, 5 & 1/2” tall. Mohawk clear lacquer finish.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 05:11 AM

Now that is a juicer! Oh, how I need one all nice and lime sized to round out my barware. So much nicer looking, and tasting than the plastic orb of fakeness for my rum based concoctions I daresay.
Any advice on the post turning steps for proper lime pourability?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 05:28 AM

Excellent project! Nothing like functional art and this is very functional!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 06:07 AM

Thanks! For the limes I recommend 15 – 20 seconds in the microwave. As for the juicer, the inside bottom of the bowl is rounded, and the spout flows out from that. Think fluidity, let it flow. Rum is a fluid, scott. Good choice!

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 06:37 AM

Very nicely done! What time’s the party start?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 07:01 AM

Beautiful, really beautiful shape.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 08:29 AM

I have never seen something like this before, it is amazing, you have done a perfect job.

Thanks for sharing Hairy.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 11:57 AM

Now this is a nice piece…....... well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 12:31 PM

Beautiful job. I do have a question, will the acid from the limes bother the finish?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 07-04-2010 12:50 PM

Thank you all! I was also worried about the acid,food safety issues and abrasion from use. I spoke to someone who’s opinion I respect, and followed his suggestions. There were several coats of a sealer applied before the lacquer. Ultimately, time will tell.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#10 posted 07-04-2010 01:45 PM

Very well done Hairy, you have captured fluid movement (figuratively and literally) with this piece!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 07-04-2010 03:44 PM

Sweeeeet! (Or should I say Liiiiiimey!)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 07-04-2010 06:57 PM

Nice turning and does embrace fluidity. Nice finish also.

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

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#13 posted 07-05-2010 05:08 AM

Awesome job looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 07-05-2010 05:19 PM

very useful project, great work

-- Norman

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 03:24 PM

A very creative piece of art, NICE!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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