Dyed Ash Hollow Form

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Project by Roper posted 08-12-2010 04:40 PM 1647 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have got a bunch of Ash from a tree that come down last year, it is a really nice wood to work with but it doesn’t have much figure to it,so i decided to try some dyeing with this one. dyed black then sanded, dyed red then sanded,then dyed black again sanded, then a final red, and then a spray on clear coat. Took more work then i thought but i really like the outcome.8”x3”. All comments and questions welcome.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 05:18 PM

Very nice dye job. And turning. How much wood do you leave at the bottom to balance it? And how tall is it?


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#2 posted 08-12-2010 05:31 PM

Roper, I like the dye on this project. I agree about Ash I have turned a project or two and Stained them.

Thanks for sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 06:14 PM

Jim at Urban Hardwoods in Seattle showed me this when I was in his shop. You probably already know about this technique but I would be re-miss if I didn’t mention it. He takes steel wool and soaks it in vinegar and then rubs the surface of the wood with the acid blackened steel wool and comes up with this look If you click on the link, take the time to view the slideshow. It’s worth it. Simple process with wonderful results. I am waiting to see the answers to barbs questions. Very nice vessel, as usual. I expect nothing but beautiful work from you and you did it again.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 06:37 PM

Your efforts have ended in a beautiful piece Roper.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 06:39 PM

Very nice look great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 06:49 PM

Very elegant vase there, Roper. A little suggestion, since you sanded most of the black dye off you could just as well have used red dye alone and then use black liming wax to fill the pores and you will have the same effect with less work! The black liming wax works wonderfully with wood such as oak, ash and others with very open grains and not so well with tight grained woods. I do like your vase very much!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 08:35 PM

Another nice one! Keep it up.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 10:47 PM

I just tried to dye a piece of poplar… my results, not very good. Yours is quite nice. Nice shape on the piece, too.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 08:29 AM

Looks good, but does sound like a lot of work :-(

-- 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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#10 posted 08-13-2010 08:49 AM

Great shape and dye/finish. Lots of work that ended up a piece of art.

Keep it up.


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

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#11 posted 08-13-2010 12:30 PM

wow that is tall & skinny..good turning as your lines appear straight & even..I like the tiny detail on the shoulder.. I haven’t tried dye much, but I see lots more folks doing it..thanks for posting

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#12 posted 08-13-2010 04:05 PM

Beautiful vase, nice dye job. That’s hard to do and get a decent looking color. Great vase.

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

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#13 posted 08-13-2010 05:55 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback guys and gals. i will have to try the liming wax i have never heard of that before,could be really cool. thanks again.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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