Mahogany fluid vessel

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Project by hairy posted 1508 days ago 2476 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.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#1 posted 1508 days ago

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 1508 days ago

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

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 1508 days ago

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!

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#4 posted 1507 days ago

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 1507 days ago

Beautiful, really beautiful shape.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 1507 days ago

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 1507 days ago

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

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 1507 days ago

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 1507 days ago

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.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#10 posted 1507 days ago

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 1507 days ago

Sweeeeet! (Or should I say Liiiiiimey!)

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

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#12 posted 1507 days ago

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 1507 days ago

Awesome job looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 1506 days ago

very useful project, great work

-- Norman

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#15 posted 1505 days ago

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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