Dyed Birch Vase

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Project by Stonekettle posted 1477 days ago 1883 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned vase from Alaskan birch.

The piece was end-turned from a large chunk of green birch. I spindle mounted the blank, turned it to rough and put a tenon on what would become the bottom. Reversed it into a four-jaw chuck and hollowed with a combination of an end-grain termite cutter and a Sorby goose-neck hollowing tool. Once it was hollowed and shaped, I decided that I didn’t like it. Seemed like it was missing something, so I parted it in half at the shoulder and glued in a piece of walnut I had in the scrap bin as an accent ring. I liked that much better and it lengthened the vase by two inches which I thought worked better with the overall design.

Next I put it aside in the drying cabinet for a couple months until it was down to 8% moisture. I then turned it to finish and sanded it down to about 600grit. Next I applied several layers of aniline dye in different colors (black, red, and yellow), sanding and carving in between applications. The finish is several coats of wipe-on poly gloss.

It’s about 24” tall.

In the sunlight it is spectacular.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#1 posted 1477 days ago

Awesome vase! You do great work with a very creative eye! I am making you my buddy so I don’t miss any of your postings.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 1477 days ago

An outstanding turning and the use of color and grain has a great appeal! Good Job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 1477 days ago

Wonderful job, wow

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#4 posted 1477 days ago

Stunning piece!

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

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#5 posted 1477 days ago

Looks great! Nice ad lib in progress there. Love it…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 1477 days ago

Wow another amazing piece. fantastic finish.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#7 posted 1477 days ago

Very cool!


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#8 posted 1477 days ago

wonderful job, thanks for sharing the process.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#9 posted 1477 days ago

Another stunning piece of art. Great turning. Great eye for detail.

Keep it up.


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

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#10 posted 1477 days ago

Another great one! Heck it looked great unfinished on the lathe!

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

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#11 posted 1477 days ago

That would be spectacular in any time of day or night, absolutely gorgeous, you went way out with this turning, kudos.

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

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#12 posted 1477 days ago

A beautiful piece

-- Ray,Iowa

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#13 posted 1477 days ago

Amazing! The colour of this is absolutely ….....................................I’m speechless.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#14 posted 1476 days ago

Wow nice! How many hours does that take?

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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