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Jupiter - Trumpet Bell Vase

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Project by Stonekettle posted 1414 days ago 1768 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This vase was turned from green Alaskan birch burl. The wood was fantastic, filled with birdseyes, swirl, color, and an astounding shimmering opalescence. The burl dictated the final shape of the piece. I wanted to emphasize the fantastic grain and figure. The base is North American walnut, which I think provides the perfect contrast. It’s finished by burnishing with wet wood chips, and then given a dozen coats of natural Danish Oil, followed by a mixture of hand rubbed orange oil and beeswax to bring up the shine. It’s 10” in diameter at the top of the bell.

I named the piece Jupiter because the swirling grain reminds me of the storm patterns visible in the gas giant’s atmosphere.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station





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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 1414 days ago

A spectactular turning! WOW!

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

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Stonekettle

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#2 posted 1414 days ago

Thanks!

Makes you wish they could cut planks from burl like that, doesn’t it? Can you imagine the furniture you could make? Sigh.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1414 days ago

I’m speechless over this one!

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

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cwdance1

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#4 posted 1414 days ago

The wood is as wow as it gets. great job

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reggiek

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#5 posted 1414 days ago

Excellent! That wood is spectacular…the shape is superb….Seeing nature’s artistry displayed so well with great allusion to the Jupiter atmosphere…you can even see the spot where the Shoemaker-Levy Comet collided.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Bearpie

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#6 posted 1414 days ago

WOW! I must say this is one of the most impressive markings I have seen thus far! You have done a superb job on this masterpiece.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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jonsue

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#7 posted 1414 days ago

Simply stunning!

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RonPeters

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#8 posted 1414 days ago

What they all said before me!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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FordMike

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#9 posted 1414 days ago

beautiful burl, great technique in finishing to a thin wall , nice flair, everybody has there own style, I’m curious why you used the walnut like you did? on my pieces if I have a contrasting base its usually because a design modification occured during the turning (unplanned flaw in wood, too deep cuts on the interior, not planning the foot correctly etc) none of your other posted projects used a contrasting base. i’m just curios your work is beautiful keep turning and posting. FordMike

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FaTToaD

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#10 posted 1414 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! My jaw hit the floor when I saw the closeups.

-- David

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Vince

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#11 posted 1414 days ago

Truly awesome.

-- Vince

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Brandon

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#12 posted 1414 days ago

By Jove! What an outstanding burl and a well executed turning project.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Stonekettle

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#13 posted 1414 days ago

FordMike, I use contrasting embellishments all of the time – i just haven’t posted any of those pieces ;)

Joking aside, one of the pieces I posted did actually have a contrasting piece (rosewood): http://lumberjocks.com/projects/35711

As soon as I saw how this piece was taking shape, I started planning a contrasting base. I wanted something dark in order to make the birch stand out even more, but not something that would detract from the beauty of the burl, I had a lot of thick cut walnut left over from a series of walnut bowls I did a while back and I knew exactly what grain, figure, and color I’d get from that wood. I thought it worked perfectly for what I had in mind here. Plus, I love working with walnut.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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scrappy

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#14 posted 1414 days ago

Fantastic turning. You really brought out the beauty of the burl. Great job in turning to such a thin wall. I like the contrasting base also.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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TJ65

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#15 posted 1414 days ago

AWESOME!!!!
Really beautiful. I am a bit speechless actually.
The wood is just lovely and you managed to create something out of it, to enhance its beauty.

You mentioned ” It’s finished by burnishing with wet wood chips” What do you mean my that?

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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